University President Tweets Photo With Shirtless Students, Lands In Hot Water
East Stroudsburg University President Marcia Welsh is currently receiving a lot of criticism for tweeting a photo of herself with the Hawthorn Hotties, a student group known for performing erotic dances to raise money for prostate cancer research, domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Many faculty members at the university believe President Welsh did not mean for the photo to have a sexual undercurrent, however they do believe if she were a male president who took a picture with female students dressed in revealing attire, she would have been fired.
Cosmopolitan says the group suggested the photo with President Welsh: “We asked to get a picture with her. She didn’t have any prior knowledge of that. There’s no promiscuous or sexual reference at all within the picture. There’s really nothing to negatively take from that except for the fact that the guys have their shirts off.” Despite this, followers on Twitter were very upset with President Welsh posting the picture:
Several students did note to the Penn Live publication that faculty may be attacking President Welsh because of her decision to eliminate the university’s music program which prompted laying off faculty members from that department.
No matter the reasoning for the backlash, President Welsh seems unfazed by the criticism she’s received. She released the following statement:
“Our campus community is inspired by students who put forth a tremendous effort to raise funds for causes that are close to their hearts. The students who refer to themselves as the ‘Hawthorn Hotties’ were raising money for the American Cancer Society. To exploit the support of our students is not only an insult to them but a malicious disservice to the good work they do for our university and the community.”