University students want administration to revoke degree of state senator who is ‘climate agnostic’

University students want administration to revoke degree of state senator who is ‘climate agnostic’

This isn’t an election year for state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, but challengers do seek to wrest something from him — not his elected office but rather one of his college degrees.

A group of students with ties to Huxley College held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, May 7, on campus, to start what promises to be an uphill — if not Quixotic — battle to convince university administration to strip Ericksen of his diploma.

Representatives of the group who sat down for an interview — Chiara D’Angelo, Evelyn Kennedy and Emily Krieger — understand that an action that serious typically requires a serious breach of the university’s trust, say proof of plagiarism or some other form of academic cheating.

While the group doesn’t claim to have evidence of something that egregious, it decided to give this interesting attack on Ericksen a try anyway. The idea of challenging his WWU degree may have come up in a joking, stress-relieving conversation during the 2014 Seth Fleetwood campaign, D’Angelo said. Fleetwood unsuccessfully challenged Ericksen for his Senate seat. D’Angelo and Krieger worked on the Fleetwood campaign.

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Ericksen, who earned a degree in 1995 in Western’s master’s program in political science and environmental policy, declined to comment for this report.

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