Student leftists, however, were not the only people challenging Mr. Lewis's academic freedom that week in April. Hours before he flew to Virginia, he resigned from his position at Ashland, in the culmination of a years-long faculty battle over Mr. Lewis's interest in objectivism, as Rand termed her philosophy. And in the Ashland arena, Mr. Lewis says, his foes were mainstream and evangelical Christians.
Mr. Lewis says his battles reflect the extraordinary and unfair degree of hostility that objectivists in academe receive from both left and right. "In the morning at Ashland, I was resigning because conservatives and evangelicals were opposed to me," he says. "And then in the evening I was at George Mason, and there were some Muslims and this new student SDS opposed to me. I found that poignant."
Mr. Walsh plans to study business, with a focus on hotels and restaurants. He has already lined up a work-study job with the manager of the nearby Inn at Berry Hill. He will use the $7.25 an hour to help cover the cost of the college's $24,000-a-year tuition and fees.
Founders has awarded him three scholarships, totaling $8,000 a year, that will also help him pay tuition and the $7,500 the college charges each year for room and board. Mr. Walsh says he will cover the rest of his expenses with private loans.
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