After months of controversial debate between administrators, alumni, students, and faculty, the administration has decided to extend the contracts for the two English dept. professors whose jobs were in danger of being cut.
According to a message from Mary Beth Caschetta '88, the administrator for the "Don't Let Vassar Silence Writers" Facebook group:
"Due to the generosity of both tenured and non-tenured English faculty members, who have given up classes and voluntarily taken leaves of absences to donate teaching hours to their colleagues, the 2 adjunct contracts up for renewal have reportedly been extended for one year, and so, it appears, at least for the moment, that no actual faculty members will be fired in 2009."
This is great news, although Caschetta cautions that Dean Chenette will still attempt faculty cuts in the near future and we shouldn't consider this a victory just yet.