The tea leaves will be harder to read as students go home for break and administrators work hard to soothe jittery nerves. So it's worth noting that Chet Flippo gave a great deal of his "Nashville Skyline" space over at CMT.com to his initial decision to resign from his position as an advisor on the Belmont University Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business advisory board and his subsequent change of mind — at least for now:
And I really didn't care for that kind of paternalistic moralizing from on high. I've listened to sermons like that from such mossbacks for many years. No more. So I was writing that resignation letter and then I learned that Mike Curb, who finances the huge part of Belmont that I advise, his Curb Music College, has come out in support of basic civil rights at Belmont and said that the university is not a church and should stop trying to be one. You know, that sounds very simple. Basic civil rights. Human rights.
I've only copied as much as is applicable to my point, but the whole thing is really powerful and worth reading.
Flippo was going to resign until Curb made his statements last week. So, now we know that Curb wasn't just telling Belmont it had to get its act together, Curb was trying to keep Belmont from flying apart at the seams, signaling to people associated with the music college that they should not run for the hills just yet.
I know there are a lot of people at Belmont who are worried this will all fade away. It may, indeed, fade from public view, but Flippo has given us a glimpse of the pressures that will remain on Belmont. They want to have a world-class music business college, in which students can learn from and network with people working in the business.
And people working in the business aren't very excited about being associated with a school with a reputation for discriminating against gay people. That's going to make it much harder for Belmont to have that world-class music business college unless they take some concrete steps to assure people they've addressed their issues.
(The City Paper has an excellent overview of the situation if you need one.)