The saga surrounding the mysterious suicide of embattled Princeton lecturer Antonio Calvo continues. On Friday, 23 faculty and students signed a petition for the university to release "a full report on how and why it suspended Dr. Calvo," the New York Times reports. On Sunday, Times published portions of Calvo's personal "notebook" and a reprimand from his employers.

The Times confirms speculation that Princeton suspended Calvo from his job four days before his death. On April 8, the Spanish department sent Calvo a letter citing "information from multiple sources" accusing the lecturer of "extremely troubling and inappropriate behavior in the workplace." The letter relieved Calvo of his teaching duties and "indicates that he was given a chance to defend himself." Nonetheless, he despaired:

On April 9, the day after his suspension, Dr. Calvo made a notebook entry in Spanish that revealed his growing turmoil.

"The emotional torture of the months-long wait has become unbearable in my job," said the entry, which was translated by a friend, Celia Pérez-Ventura, a former director of the Spanish-language program at Princeton. "It is better to leave it here instead of continuing this road toward a greater torture, left exposed as if I were guilty of a crime when in reality the committee refused to see the merit of my work, focusing instead only on the fact that I raised my voice at my subordinates."

No word on where this notebook came from, or why Celia Pérez-Ventura provided the translation. Calvo's family remains silent; Princeton refuses to comment further, citing employee privacy. [NYT]


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