Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Creationists on endangered list

Christian college coup crumbles

A few weeks into the spring semester has seen the collapse of the creationist Christian majority on the student senate of American River College in Sacramento. My friend and former student “Steve” is a faculty member at ARC, where he has a front-row seat for all the excitement. Despite the stealth campaign that brought a coalition of extremely conservative Slavic Christians into power with a bare majority of the college student senate (for which see my earlier post) , the new rightist bloc has been unable to consolidate its hold on student government. As reported in The Current, ARC's student newspaper, three of the Christian senators were devoured by the lions of academic standards:
Three seats remain vacant after the Student Association elections in late November. Certified results show three of the 10 candidates elected were disqualified.

Elected representatives must maintain a 2.0 GPA and take five units per semester in order to hold a position on the 18-member student council.... The three representatives disqualified were Yeisey Shenrya, Dennis Choban and Joshua Serban.
Are you surprised? The student activists were too busy with nonacademic pursuits to maintain their eligibility for extracurricular functions like student government.

I noticed that Choban was the fellow quoted in last year's post-election issue of The Current as saying that he and his allies from ARC's Christian Civilization Club looked forward to “removing humanistic bias from certain courses (such as evolution science).” That wasn't going to happen anyway, but now Choban won't even get to try.

The vacancies on the student senate will be filled by appointment by the student body president. Although the student senate must confirm the appointments, the president is not part of the creationist Christian bloc and is unlikely to restore their majority by his choices. The campaign for campus theocracy in Sacramento may not be over, but it has certain stalled for the time being.

No doubt my friend at ARC will keep an eye on further developments and I will certainly pass them along. A final tidbit, which came from within the ARC math department: One of the disqualified student senators earned his deficient GPA by flunking calculus last semester; he apparently missed class frequently because of “church work.” That might be ironic, no?


Megan said...

I'm so glad to hear this. I taught in the Biology department at ARC in the last couple of years, before relocating. It's a good group of people there. I find this is amusing in that these people are demonstrating natural selection: they selected themselves out of the successful student population, by being unable or unwilling to do what's needed to earn passing grades. Too funny! Darwin Awards for the bunch of them!

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out how I missed this development, but I've never had time or stomach for following campus politics. This is starting to seem like a mistake.

Incidentally, I don't have any on-campus courses this semester but I'm enrolled at ARC. I wonder if we've bumped into each other...

Porlock Junior said...

You are being quite admirably polite here. Allow me to illustrate what I mean.

Reactionary political activist Christianists can't maintain a C average! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!1!!!

The Ridger, FCD said...

When people say their church is the most important thing in the world - and mean it - they often end up unable to function in the world. It is delicious.

I join in Porlock junior's laughter.

Anonymous said...

So, who is the president? I mean who choses the president? Fascinating business... and I was worried about the moral connotations of bus passes.

Zeno said...

The student body president is elected separately from the student senate. I don't know him, but I understand he was elected before the attempted right-wing takeover of the student government and is not affiliated with or sympathetic to that group.

Anonymous said...

For information as to what is occuring on the American River College campus please see www.savearc.com
The site is a compilation of who these indiviuals network with.
While not complete, it is a work in progress and constantly updated.

The political battle is far from over.