Student Leader: “I Would Bully That Girl Out of School”

On Friday, the CMC Forum posted an April 26 letter sent by the former head of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association, Carol Hartman (CMC ’86), to the CMC administration and board of trustees. “The college setting may be the first time some students have to exhibit empathy, proportionality, responsibility and respect to their peers who might have very differing beliefs, opinions or perspective. It is not the prerogative of a student, who is on campus for 4 years, to change the historical culture and perspective of our college,” Hartman writes. “I do not believe that any majority of the alumni are supporting of the current events and cultural shift at the college.” Hartman goes on to criticize president Chodosh, “A President who leads with his own mission, Social Justice, rather than CMC’s mission. They are not aligned.”

Hartman then alludes to an example where her daughter, Kate Hartman, (CMC ’19) “experienced racism, delivered by those who say they will not tolerate it.” When the junior Hartman posted a link to Obama’s remarks that college students are too “coddled” on her Facebook page, Sarah Gissinger (CMC ’17), who was recently appointed to be a Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion by the Dean of Students office, responded by telling her “since you are white, you have absolutely no business making such a comment.” Ironically, Gissinger later commented, “As a white person, you will never experience racism.”

“Claremont McKenna College was once a remarkable place,” notes the senior Hartman. “My experience as a student was that it was a meritocracy. It is not today.”

“My daughter has applied and been accepted as a transfer to other universities,” she adds. “The culture of inclusion has created a hostile environment for those who have a different opinion and who are not Persons of Color.”

Some students did not appreciate Hartman’s statements. Liat Kaplan (CMC ’17)—the Editor-in-Chief of The Golden Antlers, a student publication—responded to the letter with a Facebook post stating, “Tbh [to be honest] I would bully that girl out of school if she wasn’t already transferring.”

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“It’s such an aggressive environment,” Kate Hartman told the Claremont Independent. “It seems like people really are not willing to sit down and listen to the opinions of others.”

“By choosing to make disagreements on campus climate personal, students undermine the opportunity to learn and grow from differing opinions,” she added. “I think there is a larger trend of people veiling a desire to silence opposing opinions as activism and progressive inclusion.”


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15 thoughts on “Student Leader: “I Would Bully That Girl Out of School””

  1. I find it telling that some are so hasty to change the subject to the ethics of Glick’s journalistic practices (see the Facebook comments section for this article). Why don’t we first confront the ethical implications of the statement “tbh I would bully that girl out of school if she wasn’t already transferring”?

  2. I would just like to give an effusive thank you to the Claremont independent. I’ve been ignoring the alumni donor calls and couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Needless to say, thanks to y’all, I figured out why. Arigato

  3. Liat Kaplan reinforces the stereotype of the violent black woman. I bet she’ll also be the first to complain if anyone makes her aware of that.

  4. Thank you for your work. I’ve been ignoring donor calls too. Can’t bring myself to support what is happening at the colleges

  5. Glick

    So, basically, non-whites masquerading as whites opining on racial issues.

    Most definitely will be giving more of mein shekels to Herr Chodosh so that he mighy continue to shine a light upon the Nations.

  6. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me
    when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
    There has to be a means you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

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