In the current hypersensitive world of university life in the United States, it often seems that administrators are so terrified of their students that they surrender all common sense in decision-making – and end up looking ridiculous.
And so it was that a joint fraternity and sorority event at the University of Mississippi, known as Ole Miss, was canceled amid much angst and alarm to address a crisis facing the students.“To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred,”
wrote Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt in an exchange of emails between “Greek life”
leaders on the storied Oxford, Mississippi campus where William Faulkner, James Meredith, and John Grisham studied.
The cause of the emergency?
A banana peel was found hanging in a tree.
Once word of the offending fruit peel spread like wildfire through the campus, the ongoing “Greek life” retreat was canceled.
The leaders of the event released a statement filled with the overwrought hand-wringing of the oh-so-politically correct academia that has taken over colleges and universities around the country.
“Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi. Many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred.”
By a banana peel.
In fact, the offending object was thrown away by an Ole Miss student, Ryan Swanson, who confessed to the act, saying he couldn’t locate a trash can.
Makala McNeil, President of the historically all-black Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, said the college, “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.”
She added that she and a friend were, “ just sort of paranoid for a second.”
The paper reported, “some students left the retreat in tears because they didn’t feel welcome or safe.”
Swanson, the student who triggered the crisis with his fruit littering, was suitably shamed, issuing a written apology and taking full responsibility for the “pain that was caused to members of our community.”
“I have much to learn,” he wrote, adopting the guilt foisted upon the unsuspecting members of the community who fail to see offense everywhere they look for it.
Do you feel college campuses have gone too far in fostering an atmosphere that promises to protect students from imagined hurts?