John Leo Awards ‘Sheldons’ to the Richly Deserving
May 1, 2006
by Robert Shibley
Those who follow John Leo’s columns know that he awards a yearly booby prize called the “Sheldon”
(in dubious honor of former University of Pennsylvania President Sheldon Hackney, who presided over the famous “water buffalo” affair) to the university president who “does the most to look the other way when free speech is under assault on campus.” As Leo describes it, “the prize is a statuette that looks something like the Oscar, except that the Oscar shows a man with no face looking straight ahead, whereas the Sheldon shows a man with no spine looking the other way.”
Here’s to John Leo, who does the nation a great service each year with his annual un-award for campus disgrace. Let us hope that next year he doesn’t have such a bumper crop of eligible candidates.