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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 16, 2009 7:22 AM

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PR vital to universities’ mission

Regarding the Nov. 11 editorial in The Daily Iowan (“Due to budgetary woes, PR position should remain unfilled”), I was a candidate for that position at the University of Iowa. Recently, I became the director of communications for Elgin Community College, where I am responsible for media, community, and government relations.

PR is strategically essential to higher education, now and always. People in this position strategically initiate, facilitate, leverage, and advance relationships that lead to higher student enrollments, funding for research, business development opportunities, and so much more.

Felicia Griffin
director of communications, Elgin Community College

Students shouldn’t be penalized with surcharge

Here’s a point to consider regarding the proposed $100 tuition surcharge: The majority of the students enrolled at the university are barely of voting age and, as such, have had no hand in causing the current financial crisis.

Their parents’ generation (and older) is responsible for the financial crisis because they’ve had ample opportunity to support better regulations on the banking industry and to not buy shady mortgages. To me, it seems unfair to make the children pay for yet another problem caused by previous generations when, in this case, they could be spared.

Eric Johnson
UI employee


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