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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 10, 2010 7:10 AM

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DJK betrayed our trust

I really hope the charges against Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos are not true. Because if they are true, he has betrayed us.

We gave him our adulation, our hopes, our dreams, our screams, and our money (in the form of his scholarship) and made him into a living legend (see the various "RUN DJK" shirts, for example). All we asked in return was for him to play well and keep playing — that is, not get suspended or declared ineligible.

No one would have cared what he did from Dec. 29 on. He wouldn't be part of the team anymore, and he could carry on any self-destructive actions all he liked. But during the season, there is a trust factor, and he betrayed our trust.

He has shamed us. There is somewhat of a national perception that the University of Iowa has a prevalent party and drug culture. The arrest of a leading representative of the university, one who had a bright NFL future ahead of him, just encourages that perception.

John Patrick Brown
UI freshman

Get over alcohol issue

The buzz on campus is about the devastation of the 21-ordinance. Each class I have been in has incorporated the bar problem into lectures and discussions. Students are complaining, yet they did not come together enough to vote when it mattered.

I was more interested in an issue brought up in a Dec. 6 letter — finding the perfect place to study. Now, this is an issue we should care about. Instead, we are surrounded by dozens of articles containing dozens of quotations from Mike Porter. Perhaps our campus would be better off not worrying about killing off our party-school reputation but instead focusing on other programs that represent the UI in a positive manner.

For instance, Dance Marathon is a very important and monumental program the UI has been a part of. Why aren't programs like this getting the same attention as alcohol? Instead, we are continuing the battle against liquor and anything involving it. I think the faculty is making our image worse, rather than better, by overanalyzing this issue.

And on Thursday, once again I picked up the DI and saw an alcohol debate: over whether delivery of alcohol to residences will be allowed. When will this fight end?

Jenny Earl
UI sophomore


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