Dear President Cotton:
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your institution for helping host this year’s Liberal Arts and Sciences annual conference. Your institution welcomed over 100 participants from all over North America and former British Empire. Everyone was charmed by the beauty of the campus: from the rolling hills in the distance to the charming campus quad. The bucolic setting help but all of the presenters at ease.
Your faculty embraced us with warmth. They showered us with attention, and praised our academic efforts. The guided tour around town by the provost was particularly delightful. We were able to enjoy all of the boutique shopping and indulge in local craft beer sampling that surround Willard College. To have a provost so engaged with the local community is refreshing.
I should also like to point out that the student volunteers at the conference were delightful. They assisted us ‘absent minded professor types’ in finding the correct rooms where we were presenting, directing us to the bathroom facilities, but most importantly helped us get our PowerPoints up and running. I cannot even imagine how we would function without these volunteers.
All in all, Willard College hosted a magnificent event.
María Soledad Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
Professor, Applied and Creative Historical Studies
The College of West-Central New York and the Niagara Frontier
At 9am this morning, during the Department of Foreign Modern Languages weekly meeting, a verbal altercation commenced between Pro and Anti-Cotton factions. While French faculty lobbied for the department to reject the return of President Cotton and supported the restoration of currently ex-President (and ex-provost) Gauleiter, Spanish faculty issued a robust defense of President Cotton. Under the banner “Without Cotton, there is no Willard. And Willard is nothing without Cotton,” Spanish faculty proceeded to physically assault the French faculty who then called upon support from the last remaining professor of Latin who tripped over his own sandals and had to be hospitalized with a sprained wrist and an anxiety attack.
The Department of Education, the second oldest academic department at Willard College, expresses it deep regret for failing to more quickly support President Cotton and Dr. Cheryl Tina Faye Cotton during their forced and regrettable absence from campus. Our failure to recognize your critical leadership skills resulted from certain deviations within the program. To correct these problems, we are conducting a year-long self study and self-critique. We feel that our deep knowledge and expertise in Theoretical Pedagogies will allow us to quickly attain elevated Praxis.
The Department of Psychology is the oldest academic department at Willard College. We date back to the foundation of the Willard Asylum and successfully transitioned from the Department of Mental Pathology and the Work Therapy Clinic when the hospital became a college. And so it is with great pride and joy that we announce our undying loyalty to the recently reinstated President Cotton. We reject the calumny and lies that have been spread about our beloved president who, through no fault of his own, was detained by the police of Costa del Tuyú along with his wife Cheryl Tina Faye Cotton (who was recently granted tenure in abstentia and will be running our Marriage Counseling Program). We note that at the time of their detention, imprisonment, and confinement to a psychiatric clinic, there were grave concerns about the legal procedures that took place, the the Cottons were without counsel, that certain court documents were not in English (due to the commission of the alleged crime occurring in Argentina). We also reject the allegation that in hiring Cheryl Tina Faye Cotton to our department we have in any way participated in, or been influenced by, any effort to curry favor with the now restored president. Finally, we thank the Board of Trustees for making the wise decision to rehire President Cotton. During his absence, the College has witnessed increasing insubordination from faculty and a general deterioration of morale. Likewise, during Cotton’s absence, many important initiatives have stalled out. Willard College needs President Cotton because President Cotton is Willard College. Without both together, there is nothing.
Professor Frank Metrazol, PhD