William & Mary Cross Controversy Continues

February 28, 2007

A long time donor to the university is going to withhold a $12 million donation because of the decision to remove a cross from a campus chapel.

School spokesman Mike Connolly says that the donation was pledged to the campaign fund before Gene Nichol became the university's president.

According to Connolly the pledge was withheld because the donor disagreed with the decision by Nichol's decision last fall to remove the brass cross from the permanent display at Wren Chapel.

Nichol's decided to remove the cross, displaying it only during appropriate religious ceremonies or at the request of someone using the chapel, in order to make student of all faiths feel welcome at the chapel.

Nichol says the donation will set a serious setback to the college. The cross had been on display on the altar since 1940.

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