Principles! The University of Alabama Has Them

Principles! The University of Alabama Has Them

Principles! The University of Alabama Has Them

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has returned the donation of a major contributor and renamed the law school. The major players disagree on the reasons for this refusal of funds. The fact that a top United States educational facility turned down funds is huge. The University of Alabama has principles. Who knew?

So, here is how the story began:

In September of 2018, Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. pledged $26 million to the University of Alabama. Culverhouse is not an alumnus of the school. In thanks and gratitude for this largesse, the University of Alabama announced that it would rename the law school, “The Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. School of Law”.

In mid-May of 2019, the state of Alabama’s elected representatives passed, and Governor Kay Ivey signed, a highly restrictive law banning nearly all abortions.

Now, here is where things get sticky:

According to the American Bar Association Journal:

Culverhouse is now a Florida resident and has a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from New York University. He says the law school has only spent $2,000 of his donation—for travel. Culverhouse wanted the money to help law students pursue jobs they love, rather than making career choices based on where they could earn the most money. He also wanted to see student enrollment grow by 8% annually, until it has between 500 and 550 students.

Mark E. Brandon, the University of Alabama’s law school dean, was resistant to that idea, according to Culverhouse. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the law school as No. 25, and Culverhouse says Brandon thought that admitting larger classes could harm their position on the list.

“There’s this horrible problem you’ve having in education, with people paying money to get in, and a state law school is denying access to students who would have gotten in the year before, simply to be 25th on a magazine poll,” Culverhouse says.

Let me tell you, if I was giving major ducats to a school, I would want a big say in how the money got spent. I would want it to reflect my principles. Culverhouse made no stipulations in making his donation. For a lawyer, that is odd, isn’t it? The University’s spokespeople say that the money was returned because Culverhouse was interfering with how the law school is run. Culverhouse, who is involved with both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, says it’s all about abortion. He, to put it mildly, does not approve of the restrictive Alabama abortion law.

It really doesn’t matter why the University of Alabama returned the money. Not at all. No, because Culverhouse urged a boycott of the University. And, principles do matter. No matter how much money you try to give me, if you call me names, you are getting your money back, with interest, bub. According to the LA Times, Culverhouse said:

…that he and father had donated to the university over the years in part to rid Alabama of a certain stereotype: “We are the land of the backward, we are hicks, we lack the sophistication to see two sides to an argument.”

“What have you done Alabama? You have effectively put a 12-gauge in your mouth and pulled the trigger,” Culverhouse said. “You have reinforced that horrible stereotype that my father and I have tried so hard to eliminate.”

Oh no, he didn’t! Yes, he did. So the University of Alabama said, “Thank you so very much for thinking of us, but we must decline your most generous gift. And, by the way, we are taking your name off of the law school.” Well, maybe they didn’t use those exact words. They did immediately remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. from the law school sign immediately. There is something so satisfying to the soul about this video:

Didn’t that make you feel good just watching it?

The University of Alabama just taught a lesson that the entire country could learn from. The lesson is that our principles are worth more than all of your money. Roll Tide!

And, I apologize to all the Vol fans. You know I love you most.

Photo credit: The Logo of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa/Public Domain

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6 Comments
  • Kristian H says:

    Bloody hell this is annoying. As an alum of Woke U of the Sourth, err, Clemson, it pains me to have to give props to ‘Bamabfor any reason. But they are way better the us on this front.

  • Wfjag says:

    The Spokesperson for the Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D) Re-Election Committee couldn’t be reached for comment.

  • GWB says:

    with interest, bub.
    Oh no I wouldn’t! The interest would be ALL MINE.

    in part to rid Alabama of a certain stereotype:
    Yeah, the American one. And you want to replace it with an urbane, cosmopolitan communist prole.

    My answer to the Culverhouses?
    Like tea? ‘Cause yours just got all poured into the harbor.

  • CaptDMO says:

    No formal, solemn ceremony? Aw gee!
    The video of the maintenance folk removing the name of Mr. Culverhouse from the sign was sad indeed.
    It shows me that ‘Bama Law needs funds for a portable compressor, so an air chisel can simply ZIP it off in one deft sweep, and an air disc sander can clean up any remaining dregs with a ironic high pitched whine.
    $2,000? Not enough to cover for the initial manufacture, installation, and subsequent repair, of the signage, but I suppose some would just call it a wash.

  • GWB says:

    And it has now come out that the decision was definitely made before he dumped on ‘Bama about the abortion thing. Because they had already figured out he was a prog d***. The abortion comments were just more of the same.

  • 370H55V says:

    Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.

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