But some of its more zealous membership crossed into unspoken (but not unintended) territory when they gratuitously scrawled “White Pride” in chalk across Towson’s quad—the event that lit the fuse of the YWC chapter’s demise. In an article written for The Towerlight, Towson’s school newspaper, the formal reason given for rescinding the group’s status was the resignation of its faculty adviser, without whom YWC cannot be said have “official” recognition.
Professor Richard Vatz, the former adviser, expressed his concerns to the Townson YWC’s leadership in a letter. Officially ending his affiliation with the group, he stated that the organization’s “frightening rhetoric” and unsophisticated vehemence are “not how impressive and serious conservatives argue their case”—a seemingly cut and dry end for an organization that practically begged to be ousted.
But Matthew Heimbach, the Townson YWC’s former president, had a different interpretation. Malingering in the “abuse” that YWC has purportedly endured, the outspoken student claimed that a menacing “they” had “put so much pressure on our advisor [sic] and that caused him to drop out.” This, of course, says nothing of the immense negative attention that he and the Towson chapter brought to their organization.