Helen Dragas, a University of Virginia board member, last year objected (when she was serving as rector, or board chair) to a course on Lady Gaga, The Washington Post reported. She sent an e-mail to university administrators noting an article by the Heritage Foundation questioning Gaga courses at U.Va. and three other universities. The e-mail is among many being reviewed as reporters and others try to sort out the board's push to remove Teresa Sullivan as president, an action from which the board backed down. The university's provost wrote back to describe the course as one focused on writing and culture. Dragas replied: "I appreciate that the course content can be defended," but she added that the course and the discussion of it "probably aren't helping us justify funding requests." She added that "opinions will, of course, vary on curricular content and direction, but there must be some internal arbiter of what is appropriate."
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