The announcement of President Christopher Thomfordes removal has been met with widespread anger from students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents and rightfully so. Students are right to be angry about the secretive, sudden and isolated nature of the decision.
St. Olaf has just hired Jerry W. Pope to be our new director of admissions. I had no idea we were undertaking a nationwide search to fill this position, but Popes hiring represents a golden opportunity to catapult St. Olaf onto the national stage.
Grade inflation was first documented in a Harvard study in 1894. One hundred and eleven years later, professors and students are asking: Is grade inflation an issue at St. Olaf? The answer seems to be yes.
If nothing else, you saw the pictures of President George W. Bush attempting to escape a press conference in Beijing only to be foiled by a locked door. I can only imagine how terrible the appearance must have been for the president to appear more inept than usual, but I suppose that is beside the point.