All is not well in the land of the liberal arts as drama engulfed the hill this week. A proposal put forth by President Roger Casey and the McDaniel Board of Trustees was met with uproar and outcry.

Cuts Cause Critiques

Talks and rumors of the cuts have been on the lips of faculty and students all semester, looming like a butcher’s knife over the block. The moves were announced this past Saturday February 23, 2019 following a meeting of the Trustees.

President Casey sent an email Saturday night to all students and faculty of McDaniel outlining the college’s “reinvestment” and “restructuring” plans. His message was posted to Facebook, and can be read on the McDaniel main page.

The following programs will be affected:

  • Art History, Religious Studies, French, German and Music will no longer be offered as majors.
  • German, Music, and Latin are no longer available as minors.
  • At the graduate level enrollment will be suspended in the M.S. program for Deaf Education.
  • Classes will still be offered in all of these fields, just no majors or minors. The exceptions being German and Latin, which will be completely removed.

Student Backlash

These decisions by the school and President Casey have resulted in an unexpected amount of student and alumni outcry.

I know this doesn’t really change anything but our voices were heard, and made it to The Baltimore Sun.

Posted by ZiZi Hammond on Monday, February 25, 2019

 

My Alma Mater, the “liberal arts” school that changed names in ‘00 behind closed doors without student/alumni input,…

Posted by Dan Franko on Saturday, February 23, 2019

 

Harsh criticism was dealt out, specifically to President Casey, by the Progressive Student Union (PSU). The PSU has issued a number of statements, several of which are posted below from their Facebook page.

By now most of us have heard that the McDaniel Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deactivate the Music major and…

Posted by Progressive Student Union – McDaniel College on Sunday, February 24, 2019

 

From PSU:"President Casey, you’re breaking our hearts. At this point, you’ve made up your mind about your desired…

Posted by Sylvan Greyson on Friday, February 15, 2019

 

How to Move Forward?

What does this plan mean for students? Well, any student that has already declared a major in one of the cut programs will be grandfathered in and will not be affected, and future students will no longer have those majors as options.

Despite all of the uproar and fervor President Casey and the Board of Trustees will move forward with the plan. Only time will tell the long-lasting effects of this decision.