After nearly four years reporting on and, occasionally, breaking news about my alma mater, I’ve decided that next month I’ll no longer be updating this site or writing about Bob Jones University here or elsewhere online.
My decision to become an activist against the policies and actions of BJU was made gradually, and the decision to wind down those efforts was no different. Although the motivations to make an end (both personal and “professional”) are numerous, I will name just two: my family and I are at a place of new beginnings, and I do feel that some things, though clearly less than everything, have been accomplished at BJU for the betterment of its faculty, staff and students both current and future.
These accomplishments have been due in no small part to a passionate, courageous core of alumni and friends who I’ve been privileged to work alongside these past few years. We’ve spent countless hours planning, writing and working together for change. And I do believe change has occurred, slowly and, as you’d expect, without a word of credit from our worthy adversary. But BJU has had to publicly acknowledge its failures and seen them writ large on the world’s most prominent headlines. For those who’ve so often been steamrolled by the weight of the school’s purposeful forgetfulness, this was in itself a victory.
When I began this site, I never thought it would one day be used as a source in The New York Times or Al-Jazeera, or that such a repository of leaked information could exist. With the help of brave students and others at BJU who were too sickened by what they saw and heard to stay quiet, we rattled the comfortable Administration Building halls. I won’t soon forget.
This site will remain. I’ll be turning off the ability to make new comments since I won’t be moderating them. I may also change the look and feel of the site so it’s somewhat easier to use for research purposes.
Thanks to all who contributed, in whatever way.
BJU Class of 2010
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