The NYT does use the word unexpected in its coverage.
Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.
Long story short, the modern college community is bat-s**t crazy. Case in point. Amherst alumni are flabberghasted by the college’s decision to renounce its unofficial mascot, Lord Jeffery Amherst, whose name was taken by the town and the college. Amherst wasn’t kind enough to the natives, so the story goes, and the snowflakes don’t care for that. In exchange for these and other outrages, donations are down. Graduates are finding the only voice they have is their wallets so some are ‘speaking out.’
If your college went off the rails to chase the SJW worldview, would you stop donating? If you didn’t donate, would you take some other action to express your concern or outrage?