Donahue resigns as advisor to Non Cur: Cites time commitment as reason

Benjamin Brown

Patricia Donahue, professor and head of the English department, has resigned her interim position as faculty advisor of Non Cur, Lafayette’s “underground journal.”

“It turns out that I don’t have the time to serve as advisor,” Donahue wrote in an email to The Lafayette. “Also, I’m the new department head, and people were misreading my association as suggesting a specific relationship between the English Department and Non Cur. That is not the case.”

Student Government imposed new requirements on Non Cur, which were outlined in a memo sent by Student Government to the journal on Oct. 1. Non Cur caused a fervor with its most recent issue, which featured articles about female orgasms and what men expect from women at parties. Among other requirements, the advisor to Non Cur must review and sign off on all subsequent issues, according to the memo.

“Failure to comply with any and all of the requirements may result in the permanent removal of funding and revocation of recognition,” read the memo.

“I’ve read the new sanctions placed on Non Cur by Student Government,” Donahue wrote in an email. “I can’t speak to most of them, because I’m not privy to the immediate context. But it does seem that the role of the Non Cur’s advisor is being defined in ways inconsistent with the responsibilities of other faculty advisors—moderating required public forums, for example. That’s something to think about.”

Non Cur Editor-in-Chief Noah Draschak confirmed Donahue resigned due to not wanting a major time commitment.

The search is underway for a new advisor for the journal. Drauschak said members of the philosophy department are being considered.

The regular advisor of Non Cur is Alix Ohlin, associate professor of English, who is currently on maternity leave. In an email to The Lafayette, Ohlin said she has not followed the changes made by Student Government and declined comment.