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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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Saw what the football fuss was about

Nov. 12 was the Iowa Hawkeyes' last home football game. Because I am a freshman, going to home games was a new, riveting event to me.

After attending every home football game, I came to realize why there is such an emphasis placed on the University of Iowa football. The atmosphere is unmatched comparing to other high-school and college football games I have attended. Every game, no matter how cold or rainy, the students poured into their seats proudly embellished in black and gold. For all four quarters, it is rare to ever a student not on their feet. All of the students, and all fans for that matter, cheer along to the cheers and are constantly encouraging their team.

It is no wonder why we won almost every home game-the support from the fans makes a tremendous difference. Even though there are no longer any home games, I am thankful I am only a freshman because I look forward to the next three years of Hawkeye football!

Dana Hillsman
UI freshman

'Fat Girl' Ledge incredibly distasteful

The Nov. 15 Ledge, "Fat Girl Problems," was an extreme example of poor editing choices, discriminatory and shamefully bully-endorsed writing, and above all else, it was embarrassingly void of humor.

I understand that the Ledge is not meant to be serious or to even make sense from time to time. However, The Daily Iowan reading population is large and powerful, and this and many college papers should not forget this influence.

Who would want to claim responsibility for the kind of bullying that led to Matthew Shepard's death? It was this kind of stereotyping and hate that led to the horrible night where he was left helpless and dying in the middle of nowhere beside the road in that college town. Would you want to have a hand in the hate that led to another rape of a woman who her perpetrator deemed as worthless and lucky to have what she can get? How about the self-hate that influences all types of women to destroy themselves?

Reading the Ledge Tuesday gave me that uncomfortable, embarrassed feeling of being in the company of someone incredibly misdirected and uneducated and who doesn't know when to stop. So, Editor Adam B Sullivan and Ledge writer Carly Correll, save us all the trouble and embarrassment. Don't tolerate bullying (it starts with you), and if you are going to use what you think is self-deprecating humor, at least make sure it's funny.

Katy Olson
UI alum


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