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Yale Worker Breaks Stained Glass Depicting Slaves

July 12, 2016

Corey Menafee, a black dishwasher at Yale University, is out of a job after he used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window (at right) portraying slaves carrying bales of cotton. The New Haven Independent quoted him as saying he was tired of looking at a "racist, very degrading" image on the job. He worked in Calhoun College, Yale's residential college named for John C. Calhoun, who campaigned tirelessly in Congress to preserve slavery and oppose any rights for black people. Yale this year, after a study, said it would not rename the college, as many students and faculty members have urged.

Yale released the following statement: "An incident occurred at Calhoun College, a residential college on the campus of Yale University, in which a stained glass window was broken by an employee of Yale, resulting in glass falling onto the street and near a passerby, endangering her safety. The employee apologized for his actions and subsequently resigned from the university. The university will not advocate that the employee be prosecuted in connection with this incident and is not seeking restitution."

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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