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You Will Not Believe Why This Professor is Going on a Hunger Strike

Gandhi went on hunger strikes in an attempt to end violent conflict and to protest India’s caste system inequalities. Students in China’s Tianenmen Square conducted hunger strikes to protest big-government oppression and to advance democratic reforms.

Now, a Pennsylvania professor will use the same iconic protest tactic at Lafayette College. What happened, you might ask?

He didn’t get tenure.

Fox News reports:

A Pennsylvania college professor announced Tuesday that he’s going on a hunger strike over the denial of his application for tenure. Juan Rojo made his plan known during a faculty meeting a Lafayette College in Easton. He said he expects to continue teaching through the rest of the semester, but the strike wouldn’t be a topic of discussion in class. He only plans to consume water and sports drinks until his issue is resolved.

“I have long ago come to terms with the notion that life is not fair. This process, however, is not about fairness. It is about right and wrong. It’s about what is just and what role we as faculty play in our own governance,” Rojo said in his statement to the faculty, according to Lehigh Valley Live. “I am fully aware that this course of action may well limit other academic employment opportunities for me,” he added. “But I cannot stand here and accept this decision that is contrary to the principles of self-governance on which this college and this faculty are founded.”

Rojo has taught Spanish language and literature at the college since 2008. A committee voted to recommend Rojo for tenure in December, but college President Alison Byerly denied his tenure, saying he didn’t exhibit “distinctive” teaching abilities.

This sounds like a classic toddler temper tantrum: “You didn’t make chicken nuggets for dinner, even though you knew I really really wanted them, so I am not going to eat any broccoli!” 

It sounds like Professor Rojo needs a reality check. In the real world, people have to work hard every year to keep their jobs. When you don’t get the promotion or the recognition you want, you work harder. You don’t collapse onto the ground, kicking and swinging your fists until a grownup meets your demands.

Rojo’s response to the rejection is proof that Lafayette College made the right call to withhold tenure in the first place. The school should ignore this professor, and use the academic year to find a suitable replacement.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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