Written by Israel Afangideh
Faulkner University is closing it’s theater department, due to an alleged lack of student interest in theater arts at Faulkner University. Students were heartbroken and outraged at the announcement that the theater program would be discontinued as quickly as next year. This decision will destabilize the entire university, not just the faculty, who for the past several years have devoted themselves to the theater program, but the students, some of whom are only a year into their theater studies. Students who will now find their chosen paths snatched from under their feet.
And what will these students do? Students who trusted Faulkner University to teach them how to serve God in their chosen professions. Either they must leave the campus, or extinguish their dreams of being educated in theater (in a Christian atmosphere) finding another path, maybe accounting, or business or something more “practical.”
As sad as it is to watch the theater program go, that is not the saddest part of this story. The saddest part is its abrupt ending. The saddest part is watching students change their majors only a year into their studies. Watching them lose faith in the administration. An administration that they believed would serve them to the best of its ability. Watching them not being given even the slightest chance to help save their program. Watching the administration complain that “The theater isn’t making any money” without putting even the slightest effort into advertising its events.
One thing is clear: Faulkner students are more unhappy than they’ve been in a long time, they feel helpless, betrayed and desperate. I’m sure we don’t need to explain why that is bad for an institution’s administration.