Chronicle of Higher Education revives the Plan A Hoyas debate
The two-minute, 17-second clip begins by Shindel saying that “the duct tape was absolutely disgusting … the glue just kind of tends to just melt with your skin.”
This introduction sets the tone of the rest of the edited-down clip, which seemed to focus more on how Shindel felt during and after the protest, rather than the protest itself.
When discussing the purpose of the protest, Shindel spoke of a mother of a prospective student who is a doctor and supported their cause. According to Shindel, the mother referred to the policies that Plan A is fighting as “medieval.”
In the end of the podcast, she tells the Chronicle that people saw how serious the protestors were because they could see how uncomfortable the protestors were.
The story sparked over 70 comments as of last night on the Chronicle’s website, fostering a debate over the policies of Georgetown, as well as a number of comments bashing the Catholic Church on a variety of topics.
Even some members of the Georgetown community (or so they claim in their comments) got involved.
Ericqm had a problem with Shindel’s description of the protest.
As a Georgetown undergrad, I’d like to add my thoughts: Ms. Shindel, I believe, would be taken more seriously if she were to avoid such great hyperbole. I was on campus this spring, and the day this group carried out their stunt cannot accurately be described as “freezing”. More generally, readers may be interested to know that I think most students on campus just did not take “Plan A” very seriously.
Mckittrm came to Shindel’s defense against the commenters on the page.
I have taught Ms. Shindel, and I’d rather have her in my class than some of the commenters. They don’t seem to have learned the first rule of my classroom, which is not to draw conclusions based on your own prejudices coupled with a lack of actual information. Is it perhaps conceivable that Ms. Shindel is exercising the faculties of critical thinking we are seeking to cultivate in our students? That she finds the policy a selective application of Catholic doctrine? Georgetown University does not follow Vatican teachings to the letter in a number of matters, and its promotional materials emphasize many aspects of the University beyond its Catholic heritage when it seeks to attract applicants.
Vox recommends that all future protestors take heed: use something other than duct tape for your mouths, and bring a sweatshirt if you think it’s cold out.
Check out the Chronicle’s podcast and the comments here.