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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 6:30 AM

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Center for Human Rights integral

The UI Center for Human Rights was integral to my undergraduate experience at Iowa, and it must not close so that it can affect future generations of students.  

It offered me a place to grow professionally and personally as a student. It prepared me for graduate work and ultimately for my job by providing funding for an internship. The center provided me lessons you cannot learn in the classroom, unlikely faculty and student collaborations, a place for student ideas to thrive and be carried out, and an education that is consistent with the “Iowa Experience."” 

It also allowed me to grow as a responsible member of our local and national community. The center is a fundamental must-have if we are to keep up with the status and respect of any major public university in the United States. The act of closing the center would be a loud and public statement that our university administration does not support and respect the work toward the human rights of people, that the administration does not respect the growth of students’ experience outside the classroom, and that our administration does not acknowledge that human rights is an issue that affects those around you every minute of every day.  

The staff and students at the Rights Center do hard behind-the-scenes work that goes unacknowledged in our university and local community because it does not bring in any direct funding.

However, it is this work that brings people from different walks of life together to begin dialogue and awareness to issues regarding human rights.  

In an age of bitter politics, war, terrorism, a hard-hit economy, cuts to education, worsening human-rights offenses everywhere, I ask the UI administration to stand up, make the right decision, and save the Human-Rights Center.

Elizabeth Petersen
UI staff

RE: ‘A look ahead to 2013 Iowa football’

Ricky Stanzi was a pretty good quarterback. We definitely need someone to step up at wide receiver. And there are many who redshirted this year. Faith Ekakitie and Jaleel Johnson could be pretty good red-shirt freshmen on the defense line. Louis Trinca-Pasat really showed improvement down the stretch. But I do believe that Greg Davis needs to be replaced. The offense is just not working under his system.

Rick Niedermann

When was the last time Iowa had a great quarterback? Brad Banks? Chuck Long? I think way too long. As long as we continue as we are without a head-coach change, I don’tt see 2013 as being much or any better than this year on offense.

Can Tim Dewight come back?

We need some speed; we need either a dual-threat QB or at least one who can throw on target. We need to be able to blitz the other team’s QB so they don’t have all day to pick us apart. We need to clean house starting with Gary Barta and ending with Kirk Ferentz. We need to be able to compete with Nebraska and at least beat them in our house. What has to happen to get a change?

Harold Buford Niles


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