“At Goshen College, our entire learning process is framed by a commitment to address complex problems, no matter the discipline, and to do so with academic rigor and civility,” Brenneman said. “Playing the national anthem or not before our games is one such complex issue for us.”
He said that although conversation on the topic had been ongoing and comments had been coming in, the announcement of the school’s decision elicited further responses.
“Actually, after the decision was made, we got a lot more response both on and off campus even though on-campus we had more conversations than off,” Brenneman said. “I think the decision was a catalyst for us to really engage the conversation in ways we might not have otherwise.”
The school, he said, will continue to discuss the playing of the anthem throughout the year, and that the decision will be reviewed by the college’s Board of Directors in June 2011.
Overall, Brenneman was pleased with the outcome.
“There’s civil dissent and civil support,” he said, “so I think it actually honored the best of who we are here at Goshen College.”