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BY DI READERS | APRIL 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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More left-hand desks needed

Have you ever been that one right-handed kid that gets stuck in the only left-handed desk in the room?

It’s annoying having to use a desk designated for the opposite hand, but that’s the case for the majority of left-handed students on campus. Because only around 10 percent of the world’s population are lefties, it’s obvious that there would be more right-handed desks available. However, I have some classes where there’s not one left-handed desk in the room. I understand the university has other places money needs to be spent, but with the leftie population on the rise, it would be nice if more left-handed desks could be made available in classrooms.

Brooke Luckenbill
UI student

Fond remembrance for Lewin classes

As a proud University of Iowa Hawkeye and product of both the political-science and women’s studies departments, I feel I must respond to the recent controversy surrounding Professor Ellen Lewin. Lewin was my undergraduate adviser, and I took several classes from her — so many that I used to say I “minored” in Ellen Lewin. Throughout my entire experience, she was always exceedingly professional, nonpartisan, and very open to varying viewpoints. It is a tall order for feminist scholars to achieve the level of nonpartisanship Lewin demonstrated given the politically charged nature of instructing on topics such as systems of oppression, gender, identity, and sexuality.

The current controversy in no way represents the extensive care that she has taken throughout her distinguished career to avoid politicizing her classroom or research. She is a very accomplished academic and one of the first in the field of anthropology to write on the topic of gay and lesbian parenting. Lewin is also one of the primary contributors to the development of modern theory regarding sexual minorities. She has directed groundbreaking graduate research on gender and sexuality; without academics such as her, these topics would not receive the academic attention they now receive and very much deserve.

Andrew Goedeken
UI alumnus

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