Two very interesting stories, one about the Methodist petition against the library that is not only informative, but also hilarious (somebody promises to join the Methodist Church if the library is scuttled). The second is a profile of Professor Bill McElvaney that makes it clear how unpredictable the lines of debate on campus are. Who would think that the secular, left-leaning chair of the history department would emerge as a leading supporter of the library-museum-institute, and that the church-going son of a wealthy Dallas family would be one of its leading critics?
“Methodist faction fighting Bush library at SMU,” Dallas Morning News, January 19, 2007
“Minister closely linked to SMU opposes war, library,” Dallas Morning News, January 19, 2007