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A matter of taste

"A matter of taste" Continued...

Issue: "New Orleans: Starting over," Sept. 24, 2005

Academic dean Graham Walker, always wearing a bow tie, said he strives to build a curriculum that "pivots on Christ and His revealed truth." Mr. Walker, formerly a philosophy and political science professor, was denied tenure at the University of Pennsylvania after being told his commitment to Christianity did not reflect the college's core values of diversity and freedom.

Walker says it's difficult to find Christian faculty who will teach objective truth, but he refuses to hire a single professor who objects to the pursuit of objective truth or to the high standards placed on faculty, including the expectation that professors follow certain parts of the student code, such as refraining from drinking.

Athletic director Chris Reese says high standards for students and teachers foster integrity and lasting character: "I could really care less about the win/loss record. . . . It's more important that we show Christ on the court."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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