First, Haynes’ eager repetition of meaningless buzzwords—Inclusive excellence! Collective sense of community! Ideological re-programming!—is both humorous and a little creepy, when one considers that his goal is to eliminate controversial expression from campus.Under the current dispensation, however, issuing edicts to silence people in the name of Inclusive Excellence (Conformity is Individuality!) is much easier than codifying what sorts of open expression are permissible. I don't make this stuff up. There's a Standing Committee for Open Expression at Emory University, and they just pulled all sorts of faculty and staff away from the work they should be doing to hold forth on Donald Trump Chalkings and Related Matters.
Second, I might have expected the Office of Inclusive Excellence to support, well, inclusion: inclusion for pro-LGBT activists, inclusion for people like [Milo "Dangerous Faggot"] Yiannopolous who have a different opinion on the issues, inclusion for everybody. In UC-Irvine’s usage, conformity (the better for “fortifying our collective sense of community,” I guess.)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: look, college administrators, 1984 was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual.
Our universities are being run by really stupid people.
But when defending evolutionary stable traditions and institutions is some sort of pathology among the supposedly smart people, are you surprised?