Originally Posted by pedro
Just to play it straight for a minute.
I'm pretty positive it would have sucked to be a conservative professor at OU in the 1980's (at least in Liberal Arts) . Sure those guys weren't catching the breaks on campus. Just a hunch anyway.
Funny you should mention this, pedro.
I had an Econ 400-something class in 1988 at OU. Prof was named Richard Vedder... who was known to be very conservative and did work for Republican causes in Athens, Columbus and for national causes. He used to talk politics in our class a lot. This was the year of Bush I vs. Dukakis. Some profs from "another area" decided to hold a talk-session on the leanings of the media in regard to the upcoming election. Vedder decided to take this entire class with him b/c he came to realize that most of us were right-leaners (lots of Bus. Econ types and Bus. Econ profs. tend to be this way). It turned into a Bush bashing real quick... by the majority of the OU profs in attendance. Vedder got up there about 45 mintues into the thing. His only words were something like, "I am ashamed that employees of this fine university have made this discussion on the media into a Bush bash. However, I must admit that I am not at all surprised by their inability to stay within the forum that was to be discussed here tonight. I now invite any members of the audience to join me as I turn and walk out." About 20 of the 125 people in attendance followed him out of the room and building. We followed him right up to Court Street for some brews and a more right-leaning forum in the The Pub. As people were leaving the original forum room, some of the profs who leaned-left started making cat calls to Vedder. Vedder (who seemed to have a hsort fuse w/ those who did not see eye-to-eye with him) turned and started yelling back at them. It made this 22-year-old student very uncormfortable and I have never forgotten it. I thought there was going to be "prof fists a-flying".
A fine example these profs set for future battles on internet message boards!!