But then Ace got a hold of the student paper’s managing editor and discovered a disturbing fact – the whole bloody thing was true. There really was an active member of the Nazi Party teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson and he really was fired. Perhaps most disturbingly, he really was fired for being absent six times during the current semester. The fact that he was an active Nazi, according to the Fairleigh Dickinson administration, had nothing to do with his dismissal.
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For what it’s worth, Professor Pluss did not have tenure. He wasn’t even on tenure track – he was an adjunct member of the faculty which in the college pecking order ranks roughly adjacent to the woman who hands out the fruit cups after dinner in the school cafeteria. So this wasn’t a question of all-important “ACADEMIC FREEDOM.” It was simply a question of whether Fairleigh Dickinson had the guts to say active Neo-Nazis are inherently unworthy of teaching their students. Shockingly, they weren’t able to commit to such a basic principle. If you want a wonderful example of how debased the modern academy has become, look no further.