“Go, set the world on fire” taken literally by administration
Although the Creighton student body passed a referendum with an overwhelming majority on Nov. 5, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, or “daddy H,” announced in an email today that the school will not divest from the fossil fuel industry.
While Hendrickson applauded the efforts of students, he ultimately didn’t care.
“I didn’t get a chance to read the referendum. What do students know about investing or the climate?”
Hendrickson stated in the email that he wanted to live out the Jesuit mission set by St. Ignatius when he said “Go, set the world on fire.”
“Sometimes following the Jesuit mission is difficult, but it is what I have dedicated my life to. If that means destroying wildlife, the ozone and the future of our planet in the process, I must stay true to my vows.”
Ignatius’s quote is often misunderstood, says Jim Clarke, a member on Creighton’s Board of Trustees.
“Many students who have not studied the works of Ignatius might not understand how literally he meant this. We should be doing all we can to light these fires, figuratively AND literally. What kind of snowflake school would teach that quote as a metaphor?”
Clarke is a multimillionaire with millions of dollars tied to the fossil fuel industry. He doesn’t see how divestment would be beneficial for anyone.
“I’m not sure what the students are missing here. It’s almost like they don’t have any money tied to the industry.”
While many students are upset with the decision, a small minority of students are celebrating.
“Some men just want to watch the world burn,” Bruce Wayne, a senior in the Heider College of Business, said. Wayne’s dad is an executive for an unnamed business in the fossil fuel industry.
Some students were surprised to see an email from Hendrickson today.
“What referendum?” said sophomore in the Heider College of Business Tanner Max.