Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Potter class should be open to all

I read constantly in elementary school, but I almost passed over Harry Potter. It wasn’t until the sixth grade when I noticed the most popular boy in my class reading the series, and I had to know what was up. This kid never read, and all of a sudden he told me he was reading 50 pages a night. I picked up the books and took Harry Potter to the scary fandom level. If it wasn’t for the sixth grade jock, I might not have read Harry Potter at all.

This is precisely why it is such a mistake for the upcoming Harry Potter class to be an Honors course only open to 19 students. By only offering the class to those 19 talented people, the UI is preventing what could possibly be the biggest networking event of our college careers. Book nerds read Harry Potter. Athletes read Harry Potter. Good students and bad students alike read Harry Potter. Are only 19 students smart enough to understand the biggest pop-culture icon of our childhood?

I imagined a small lecture room full of people from all different backgrounds. English majors looking for a break from heavier reading. Math majors exploring their first literature class since Interpretation of Literature. Students who haven’t read a book since they finished Harry Potter.

I used to tutor struggling readers. The goal of many of those students was to someday be able to read Harry Potter. Those students would not be Honors students, but would you take that dream away from them?

Ash Bruxvoort
UI junior

No discrimination in background checks

Background checks are fine, but I think the University of Iowa needs to apply the same rules to all students. To single out athletes (or biologists) for special review would be wrong.

Lee Roulson
UI alumnus

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