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CORR calls for removals of Hoppe, Jackson

11/18/2003
November 18, 2003


The Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR) held a rally at Austin Peay Nov. 17 calling for the removal of Dr. Sherry Hoppe as president and attorney Richard Jackson as senior adviser to the president. Approximately six people participated.

Members distributed flyers in front of the campus, as well as a list of demands.

According to Hoppe, Austin Peay has had no inquiries from, or interaction with, CORR concerning any of the matters raised in the press release promoting the rally.

Jackson issued a statement, saying, “While I regret that I have been singled out for attack by misinformed groups such as CORR, I am wise enough to know that when groups like this criticize in the media without first having attempted to engage in any discussion with me, their motives must be questioned.”

Austin Peay met some scrutiny when the University decided to close the African-American Cultural Center temporarily during the summer and transfer the African American Studies program to the department of history and philosophy to help meet the state-mandated, 9 percent budget cut and mirror the locus of most African American Studies programs.

However, an audit by the state Comptroller's Office found that Austin Peay's budget cuts did not affect the University's African-American faculty, staff and students disproportionately. The Comptroller's Office did make some suggestions the University is in the process of implementing.

In a written statement issued to the media Nov. 17, Hoppe said, “The University has previously stated that it has not engaged in any discriminatory conduct and has no further statement at this time.”
—Rebecca Mackey