A group of students at the University of New Mexico gathered in protest outside the philosophy department offices after the University declared the college of arts and sciences officially considered to be part of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
During his acceptance speech for the massive increase in funding that came with the new label, Ed Epis, the dean of the philosophy department, was interrupted by a group of protesters chanting, “Art is not STEM. Art is not STEM.”
Protesters looked like they were waterboarded in the UNM Duck Pond — clearly, members of the engineering department, Epis said.
“It’s so sad to see such a ridiculous division on our campus. Arts and sciences fall under the ‘S’ in ‘STEM.’ We’re all STEM here, we’re all trying to help our world. Shouldn’t that be what matters?” Epis said.
Joshua Dickenson, the leader of the protest, claimed that the electrical engineering department would not back down until the label was rescinded or until anyone in his department got laid; whichever came first.
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