- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Mount St. Mary’s University says fewer new undergraduates are committing to the Maryland Catholic college after its former president likened struggling freshmen to bunnies that should be killed.

Vice President Michael Post said Tuesday that 449 incoming freshmen committed to the school by the May 1 national reporting deadline, compared with about 500 last year. He says publicity about former president Simon Newman was a minor contributing factor.

The decline was first reported Saturday by The Frederick News-Post.

The administrator says enrollment has been shrinking for several years, partly due to higher selection standards.

Newman resigned in February after the student newspaper reported he had told a faculty member, during a discussion about struggling freshmen, “You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, https://www.fredericknewspost.com

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