AnnArbor.com- The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has formally reprimanded President Susan Martin for behavior at a recent event in Washington D.C. when she allegedly got into an argument with an alumnus after consuming alcohol. In a May 17 letter, the board’s executive committee threatened to fire Martin if she did not control her drinking. “We have become aware of a recent incident in Washington, D.C. in which you conducted yourself in a way that was inappropriate for your position and reflected poorly on the university,” a letter from the Board of Regents states. “The incident involved the consumption of alcohol.” The board went on to say it was worried about Martin’s “misuse of alcohol” and “concerned about you as a person.” Michael Ferens, the alumnus Martin argued with, said the argument was about EMU’s former mascot, the Huron Indians. He said Martin reacted to something he said about the former mascot. EMU changed its mascot from the Hurons to the Eagles in 1991. Martin called the argument a misunderstanding.
I just heard about her today but I can state with certainty that Susan Martin is easily the best college president in the country right now. If your job is to run a university, one of your top priorities should be establishing an understanding relationship with the student body, and there’s no better way to get in the mind of a college kid than to get drunk and argue about stupid shit. And how about the way the Board at EMU reacted to this? Textbook definition of hardo. “Concerned about you as a person?” Sounds to me like the Board of Regents needs to schedule an appointment to remove the giant redwood they have stuck up their ass. When you have school administrators left and right making videos telling college kids how they should and shouldn’t party party (it’s the second one), it’s a breath of fresh air to hear about one getting drunk and telling an alumni just how many shits she gives about his opinion of the school’s mascot. If the Blackout tour ends up making it way out to Eastern Michigan, I’m personally promising Susan Martin the first spot on stage.