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The Cross Controversy 

In his article "Study Hall", Peter Galuszka states that former College of William and Mary President Gene Nichol "ordered a crucifix removed from the altar in the Wren Building chapel when non-Christian events were scheduled."

This is not at all the case. President Nichol ordered the removal of the crucifix at all times. It was no longer to be in the chapel unless a special request was made to have it returned for one event, such as a wedding or a Christian group having a meeting, etc. This is hugely different than removing the cross only when non-Christian groups were using the chapel.

As it now stands, the cross is never on the altar unless specifically requested. After his dismissal, the Board of Visitors sought to quell the controversy by placing the cross in a Plexiglas box far removed from the altar. As one would imagine, this has made no one happy.

Barbara Turner Grant
William and Mary '60

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