We loved our years at Michigan and often proudly wear our Michigan gear. My wife and I met and married there, and each of us earned two Michigan degrees. We are Life Members of the Alumni Association. Our families have a long and successful relationship with the University. Angell Hall is named for a distant cousin, James Burrill Angell, who was President of the University from 1871 to 1909. One of my Great Grandfathers received his Michigan law degree in 1909. My Mom’s brother was a life-long Michigan fan even though he lived most of his life in Ohio. My wife’s sister and her husband are Michigan grads. One of our nieces is a Michigan grad. One of our sons has two Michigan degrees. We value what Michigan was, and how it helped our family and friends receive great educations. However, a few years back, we realized that the University had abandoned us, and has become so “woke” that continuing to financially support it while keeping a good conscience is impossible.
After Michigan’s impossible win over Ohio State in 2021, I began seriously thinking about what it would take for us to enthusiastically support the University again. If the football team could decisively defeat Ohio State, then it should not be impossible for the University to:
- Become blind to race, color, sex, sexual preferences, and politics.
- Set limits on the number of international students, give preference to those applying from allies of the United States, and set strict limits and restrictions on admissions from Communist China and its allies.
- Insure that Michigan residents continue to make up the majority of admissions.
- Admit students to the University based on merit and achievement.
- Hire professors and instructors based on merit and achievement.
- Require all students to study American history and our Constitution.
- Require all students to study classical literature.
- Require all students to take courses on morality, virtues, and Christianity.
- Teach the history of the University to incoming students and explain the inscription on Angell Hall.
- Teach the history of our country accurately, and give students the knowledge needed to see the inaccuracies and outright lies in Critical Race Theory and the 1619 project.
- Strongly support the First Amendment and campus free speech. Foster an environment where ideas can be freely discussed and debated.
- Eliminate all diversity goals and offices, and emphasize unity and opportunity.
- Place an emphasis on receiving funding that does not have strings attached with a goal of being 100% privately and State funded.
- Only recognize the two biological sexes, and traditional pronouns.
- Not allow biological males to play women’s sports, and have separate bathrooms for men and women.
- Provide a structured environment for meeting and interacting with the opposite sex.
- Reduce the exorbitant amount of money spent on administrative overhead. (It is mind-bogglingly out of control at this and many universities.)
- Ban or, when in the interests of the United States, closely monitor joint research with Communist China and its allies.
- Publish annual reports that show progress toward the goals above, and breakdowns of the money spent by each department showing the salaries and costs of teaching, research, and overhead.
- Insure that the University is led by men and women who share these goals.
Beating Ohio State is great and we will always be Michigan fans, but that’s not enough for us to return to being financial supporters. Michigan has been able to call itself “…the leader and the best…” because our country is the leader and the best of all time. Now it is time for Michigan to live up to its founding principles:
“Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
Inscription on the pediment of Angell Hall, from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787
These goals are important to a huge number of alumni. Achieving them is not impossible.