Blakely Jones, a senior medical laboratory student at LMU, organized the protest event because he believes that several professors are being terminated by Jarstfer for unjust cause — and that the university’s administration refuses to acknowledge the circumstances.
“Many students on campus are angry and frustrated that the school is not checking more closely into the situation,” stated Jones in an e-mail to the Daily News. “People are being ‘let go’ after many years of teaching for reasons that cannot be explained. I have personally met many of the professors involved and they do not understand.”
On Wednesday, Jones explained that Dr. Jarstfer plans to replace four university professors in the next two years with individuals who hold doctorates in their specific field. Jones feels that decision is unreasonable considering the professors involved could easily return to school and attain the Ph.D. within two-years time.
“He said he wants to get it done in two years, that’s completely possible. The people he is getting rid of have plenty of education to teach and can get a Ph.D. They don’t need to be turned away... These professors that they are getting rid of are good professors,” Jones expressed.
Jones added that decisions to remove educators from their positions should be based on logic and objectivity, rather than reasons of arrogance.
Yesterday’s event marked the first time that many of the LMU students had ever practiced their right to protest — and Jones said he felt like the protest, as a whole, was a success.
“We were lucky to have the time we did,” conveyed Jones after the protest. “We tried to get as many people involved as possible because we know that once this semester is over, there is not much we can do about it.”
Jones referred to the students that participated in the protest as a “powerful force that guides the school” and hopes that yesterday’s public statement will make a difference in the future education of LMU students, as well as in the lives of the affected professors.
Dr. Amiel Jarstfer could not be reached for comment.
Adam Young is a Staff Writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. He can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.