Information sources in the current crisis

The situation that faces Shimer in early 2010 can be approximately summarized as follows:

Shimer College currently faces a grave threat to its independence and academic freedom. This threat dates to 2007 and stems from a previously anonymous donor, activist Barre Seid, working in concert 1954 Shimer alum Patrick Parker. Together they have covertly garnered undue influence over the Shimer board. In 2008, failing to disclose their financial ties, Seid employees John Marienau and Chuck Lang joined the board, along with Seid grantee and PR flack Joe Bast. In 2009, under Seid's financial pressure, the board hired preferred Parker/Seid candidate Thomas Lindsay to the office of the president over three preferred candidates. President Lindsay began bypassing official Shimer College hiring and firing procedures and reshaping the admissions and development offices based on what appear to be political criteria. In 2009, still failing to disclose financial ties, thirteen further trustees with ties to Seid were added to the board for the sole purpose of garnering Seid/Parker a majority vote. To preserve this majority vote and change the school's mission, six qualified nominees to the board, all Shimer alums, have since been tabled by Parker/Seid. There have now followed threats to oust the original faculty, staff and board. Faculty contracts end June 15 2010 and a curriculum review is pending. The faculty, students and alumni of Shimer College stand united against the Parker/Seid president and the Parker/Seid half of the Board.
Specific requests for help will be forthcoming shortly.

You can stay relatively up to date on Shimer events by following one or more of these blogs: 
Shimer College and the Future (still going strong!)
Shimer Student Alliance
Shimer Alumni Alliance Blog

Also, if you tweet, please join the conversation on Twitter at #shimercollege.

Update on Adam

From his brother, David:

Great News!!!! CT scan back early, and his brain is going to be completely sound! THANK GOD! They are aiming at a Thursday reconstruction surgery. That is the serious business, as the upper half of his face is basically floating in there. If all goes well, he could be on a regular floor after that! The doctor told him about the floating facial bones, and Adam says, "So, no rugby?" The doctor laughed!

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Adam Metschke

From Facebook:

David M., Adam's brother: Everyone pray for Adam. He was in a motorcycle accident this evening. It looks bad, but we don't know how bad. I will update everyone as soon as I know more. ca. 9:00 p.m. PST

Adam just came out of surgery. We don't know anything yet, but the surgeon said that "He did really well" I will continue to keep everyone informed. Thanks for keeping him in your prayers. 1:00 a.m. PST

Richard C., Adam's friend and classmate:

We were able to talk with a doctor briefly who told us Adam did really well in surgery all things considered. All they keep telling us is that it's really too early to tell how recovery will go. And still very little information about the actual events surrounding the accident. 2:00 a.m. PST

From Emily, his sister-in-law: Thank you all for your positive thoughts and prayers. Keep them coming. Adam needs all the love we can give him.