On Tuesday, I was in Phillips’ classroom during his lunch break when Adams walked in, and a spirited discussion began.

“We’re allowing students to exercise their rights on campus,” said Adams, who later told me she challenged evolution as a young student and still believes “it’s good for students to look at different versions of how man came to be.”

“I believe they have a right” to exist, Phillips said. “But … when students are taught that science is a bunch of malarkey, and when people are trying to indoctrinate them with something that’s not true,” it’s a disservice to students and a hindrance to science teachers.

Adams said there’s a gay-lesbian club on campus, and she supports that, too.