Thursday, April 14, 2005


Snotglass has been rather quiet for awhile. But, he was the "General" before we had the General.

Snotglass used to regularly report on the words of wisdom from experts at Hillsdale College.

And, now, we have the giant penis giving a speech there.

What should one know about Hillsdale?

Shortly after noon on October 17, Lissa Roche unlocked her husband's gun cabinet and removed a .38 special. She stepped out of their kitchen door into the backyard, crossed the grass, and went through a wooden gate leading to the Hillsdale College arboretum. She proceeded down a narrow trail to an open hollow with a stone gazebo. She sat down, placed the barrel of the gun behind her ear, and pulled the trigger. When her husband, George Roche IV, arrived just minutes later, her flesh was still warm to the touch. But she was dead.

The suicide of Lissa Roche has reverberated throughout the entire conservative movement.

Tucked away in rural Michigan, Hillsdale College may seem no different from any other small liberal-arts school in the Midwest — yet it is one of the most important institutions in American conservatism. It is a college that teaches a traditional curriculum, promotes intellectual diversity, and refuses to accept a penny of federal aid. For conservatives, Hillsdale is meant to be a model for how higher education should work.

But Lissa Roche's suicide has ruptured the college, guaranteeing that Hillsdale will long be known as the school whose prominent president, George Roche III, allegedly conducted a 19-year affair with his daughter-in-law, who was the mother of his grandson and an employee of the college. "Hillsdale College has been overwhelmed by this crisis," says Gleaves Whitney, an aide to Michigan governor John Engler. Whitney has been in daily contact with the school's administration. "It may take a long time for the college to recover."