Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 04, 2012 6:30 AM

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Letter to the Editor

Didn't we go through this last year? Why is the university allowing a group to repeatedly send mass emails offending other members of the community and sneering at their struggles?

College Republicans is the only club that does this. The Society of Women Engineers never distributes man-hating messages. Sailing Club doesn't deride landlubbers. In my five years at the UI, only the College Republicans have sought to promote their cause by belittling that of others.

Last year, this seemed a forgivable mistake, a few college students' momentary lapse of judgment. The second time it is far less so. The club previously dodged apology by instigating an attack against Ellen Lewin, who eventually said their email "was extremely disturbing and offensive" and requested they refrain from mass emailing offensive messages. That College Republicans seeks to insult and offend other members of the community is now beyond doubt.

This conduct should warrant probation pending demonstration of a commitment to the inclusivity on which UI was founded and the removal of Tim Hagel as adviser. It is the job of the university to instruct students in content and conduct. Hagel's leadership evidences a shirking of his obligation to the university and its students in this realm.

According to Iowa's state motto, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain," I, for one, intend to maintain my right to attend a public school free from this type of repeated harassment.

Surely, College Republicans has many thoughtful and engaged members. They might create events highlighting this rather than alienating potential allies. Regardless, the Provost and Office of Student Life, which approved this email for distribution, are responsible to the greater community, and I hope will more diligently exercise their duty to balance the rights of all members of this institution.

Sara Shreve
UI graduate teaching assistant

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