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Several months ago, Bacon wrote a news story about Trinity College president James Jones and his crusade against Greek Life on the Trinity campus. In a statement on May 6th, Jones announced that he will be stepping down from his position.
Earlier this year, Jones began his relentless battle against fraternities and sororities on the campus of the small liberal arts school. He, along with the Board of Trustees, approved a plan that would require fraternities and sororities to go coed in the fall of 2013, regardless of lack of consent from their national headquarters. This, along with other actions taken towards Greek Life and the student body as a whole, has infuriated students and alumni alike. Since this controversial decision, numerous alumni have threatened to withhold donations and some have gone so far as to call for Jones’ resignation.
In an email to students and staff, Jones stated that it was “the optimal moment for [him] to move aside.” By optimal moment, I believe he meant he was tired of angry phone calls from people much more successful than himself. While in an official statement the school reaffirms that Jones’ retirement has nothing to do with the controversy he created regarding Greek Life, many disagree. Some in fact believe that Jones’ move to force chapters to go coed and the subsequent shitstorm of angry alumni is the key element in his decision to retire.
My hat’s off to you, alumni of Trinity College. You stood up for your alma mater and your undergraduate brothers and sisters and put that Harry Potter loving nerd in his place.