Off on a tangent, but here goes.....everytime I hear the name, I wonder why would anyone name a restaurant Etch? Sounds awfully close to WRETCH (as in: gag), or the cartoon/ comic book character expression 'blech' used when something is unappealing or 'gross'. It's even in the Urban dictionary:
Presumably the food and atmosphere are better than the name. I know the chef's reputation is well established and perhaps that will draw people in.
I would be curious to know how Loyola and/or Notre Dame (and other religiously affiliated and presumably more liberal) universities handle this issue on their campuses - or is it even an issue? Presumably so, at some point in the past.
Perhaps they could offer a more progressive blueprint to Belmont?
This is sloppy and irresponsible reporting. While there is a kernel of truth, the writer/originator of the story has spun facts to fit their agenda - which is to smear Belmont.
Anyone who can google will see that Belmont has just hired a new provost, who is due to start in the new year. The previous provost was a long term Belmont employee who was promoted to the position from the English department. When she decided to step down as provost, she wished to return to teaching - in the English department.
it is my understanding that this choice by the former provost caused the position (in the English department) offered to Ms. Chapman to disappear, and thus the offer of full time employment was rescinded - though the offer to teach for a year remained. The only possibility would have been to let the former provost go (in order to stand by the offer to Ms Chapman), or create an entirely new staff position (highly unlikely in these days of strict departmental headcounts).
As I understand it (and I am not an 'insider'), Belmont chose a middle ground - they amended the offer to a one year contract, which would not leave Ms Chapman 'in the lurch' with no job and no paycheck, so that she could perhaps have time to look for another position while employed/being paid - if full time tenure track was the only acceptable arrangement for her.
It appears to have been a messy personnel situation, and a shame, but I do not believe it had anything to do with Ms. Chapman's sexual orientation. If Belmont was the homophobic place the writer would have us believe, surely the offer to teach would have been withdrawn completely?
Note to the author of this story: please dig a bit deeper to get the full picture, instead of allowing yourself to be fed stories by people with an agenda. And if you are the one with an agenda, please understand that this sort of story discredits you as a reporter and your profession of journalism.
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