Our friends at The Claremont Insider point to how far the Stark family fruit has fallen from the tree in two recent blog posts.
Apparently Jeff Stark, son of our former college president, Jack Stark, has been going to Russ Warner for Congress events. The perennial also-ran Russ Warner is running against CMC's only congressman, David Dreier. Dreier is a golden boy, though I do confess that I think he's been there for far too long and we could have used a little tea party here to encourage him to retire. Thirty years in Washington does strike me as twenty years too long, though I am grateful for all the congressman has done for the reputation of our fine institution.
Nevertheless, if true, this political involvement by the Starks is something of a heart break, but not, it seems, an unexpected one. The Starks have been trending left for awhile. Aly Stark CMC '11 is rumored to be left wing here on campus, which is why, at least, I encourage you to vote "no" on the $95 million bond initiative she's trying to sell Claremont voters. Her father is a school board member, incidentally. The city, by the way, hasn't even paid off the $30 million one from before. Even the Rose Institute got in in the selling, which is a bit too bad because you'd think they would have known better.
Perhaps all this is a reason in and of itself to end legacy admissions...
Lest I be seen as anti-Stark, I confess that I am a great admirer of our former President Jack Stark for reasons I alluded to in a December 2007 blog post which I have reproduced here.
As Professor Massoud tells it, one Mormon student was planning to transfer because of how rowdy (read: perpetually drunk) his floor mates are. When he told Professor Massoud, Professor Massoud met with the students' parents and encouraged him to stay in the school. He did.I spent three years living in Stark Hall and was grateful for every minute.
At that time, Stark Hall was being built and finished. He convinced President Stark that if the dorm was going to have his name, wouldn't he want it also be substance-free?
Stark agreed and they began implementing the Stark policy, though it wasn't easy. Apparently, many people didn't want Stark to be substance-free because by making it that way, they were openly admitting that Claremont McKenna had a drinking problem. Fortunately Professor Massoud won that fight.
Update: Aly Stark came up to me in the computer lab while I was working and accused me of "poor journalism" when I wrote this post that said she was "notoriously" left wing. Fair enough. I strike it from the record and add that she is "rumored to be." I don't think I really need to add that qualification -- how many conservatives, right-leaning people, or, for that matter, independent people do you know of who are angling for more public spending at this time? As a one-time renter in this town and handyman for a homeowner or two, somebody's got to pay for those bond initiatives and it's clear to me that now is not the proper time.