Failures of Mandel’s WIFI statement: How her words are being weaponized against students

On Friday, President Mandel released a statement criticizing College Council (CC) for supposedly violating its bylaws by refusing to recognize the Williams Initiative For Israel (WIFI) on “political grounds.” Those of us who opposed the recognition of WIFI by CC were disappointed that this unilateral position was adopted without so much as consulting a single person who voted or argued against WIFI’s approval, the same day she sent an all-campus email calling for inclusive and balanced dialogue. Beyond that, however, we feel that the condemnation of CC’s decision on the basis of bylaw violations was poorly argued.