“There is some personal vendetta to be reflected in our discussions,” Choi said of Strobel. “This could have been discussed and easily explained.”
Calling out Strobel in the public meeting is an example of intimidation, said Tom Warhover, journalism professor.
“Isn’t that retribution enough?” Warhover asked.
Choi said he wanted to share his perspective.
“Do we live in a society where there has to be some accountability?” Choi said.
Many of those on the faculty who feel intimidated won’t talk with Choi at all, said Rabia Gregory, associate professor of religious studies.
“You cast aspersions on one of our colleagues and try to downplay his credibility,” Gregory said.
The reason for the low number of votes is that they felt intimidated by Choi, Gregory said.
“It is going to be very difficult for you to convince us you are listening,” she said.
That’s not how he sees things, Choi said.
“I don’t believe that your view is reflective of the rest of the community,” he said.
The discussion came after faculty council vice-chairman Graham McCaulley presented initial findings of its investigation that neither Choi or any university official put any pressure on police to investigate KBIA health reporter Sebastián Martínez Valdivia for vandalizing the Thomas Jefferson statue on campus. Police weren’t directed by anyone, McCaulley said.