Mount Holyoke Witch Hunt

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Monday, October 31, 2016


Last week an article was published by the College Fix about a professor at my school who encouraged his students to vote. Seems harmless, right?

I wish. It included a video of the professor speaking during class and telling his students to vote for the candidate that will “hold people together,” and not “pull people apart.”

He went on to say “I’m not telling you who to vote for.”

Then he would follow with a “but” and imply that his students should not vote for Donald Trump.

Now, it is true that he did not specifically say the words “Donald Trump,” or even “Hillary Clinton,” it does not change the fact that this action was entirely inappropriate. Mount Holyoke is a 501(c)(3) and professors are not supposed to participate in a campaign on behalf (or against) a candidate.

This video has spurred a witch hunt to find this student. How festive! It is Halloween, after all.

Students are enraged that a student recorded this video and have taken to Yik Yak to start a witch hunt. When I was told about this, I had to download the toxic app to see if it was true.

Sure enough, it was:

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After the article picked up hundreds of shares, Mount Holyoke’s facebook page was bombarded with negative reviews. Then Yik Yak came into use again as students mobilized each other, their friends, and families to write positive reviews.

I am critical of Mount Holyoke, but as many students here say, Mount Holyoke is my MoHome. Although there are things I certainly don’t like, it has been my home for almost three years.

Yes, I criticized my school once, but I also speak very highly of it. I have always been fair to Mount Holyoke.

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Just in case you’re wondering: no, I did not take this video. There are a few reasons why it is clear that I did not take this video:

  1. You could not get me within 50 feet of a math class. When I finished AP Calc, I said I was done with math and I meant it.
  2. This is an introductory class, I am a junior.
  3. Finally, if it was my video, you would hear my big mouth calling the professor out.

It does not matter who took the video. I’m honestly just happy to know more students are able to detect the bias and want to expose it. However, now a mob has begun to search for this student, and I’m not going to stay silent as this takes place.

Students were protective of the professor and determined to discover who the student was. Despite administration declaring the student would not be adjudicated, students still accused the student of breaking the law. This causes me to question if there would be a similar response if there was a video of a professor encouraging students to not vote for Hillary and instead vote for Trump…

Yeah, probably not.

It astonishes me that many of the students who are accusing me take classes with me. If there is anything they should know from taking a class with me, it’s that I don’t let professors get away with making ridiculous comments like that. I would have spoken up and probably started a debate that would engulf the class and deprive students of math. Speaking of math, why was a math professor lecturing his students about the election?

Now I’ve heard the talk on campus that this took place before the class actually began, but if you closely watch the video it takes place in a room that appears to be full.

Even if it was before the professor started class, the professor used this classroom as a platform to push his own political views onto the students.

Isn’t math class supposed to teach the students… well… math?

Kassy is the founder of Lone Conservative. She is a regular contributor to Campus Reform, The Hill, and The Daily Wire, and has appeared on Fox News discussing issues surrounding free speech and cultural issues on college campuses.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Kassy Dillon

Mount Holyoke College

Kassy is the founder of Lone Conservative. She is a regular contributor to Campus Reform, The Hill, and The Daily Wire, and has appeared on Fox News discussing issues surrounding free speech and cultural issues on college campuses.

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