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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 10, 2012 6:30 AM

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ICON problem need to be addressed

It is now commonplace to hear the professors of my classes advise their students to submit assignments several days early to ICON (Iowa Courses Online). But this isn’t about procrastination, this is about ICON itself and how it has earned a reputation for being notoriously unreliable.

The latest ICON outage occurred at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, the day before finals week started.
A message on ICON stated that students were “unenrolled” from their classes. As a result, many students could not access class material to prepare for their final exams.

These consistent, long term, outages on ICON are completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated by the student body.

I strongly encourage students who have experienced difficulties accessing ICON to air their grievances by sharing their dissatisfaction with Information Technology Services.

Additionally, I call on University of Iowa officials to take the reliability issues of ICON seriously. I also ask that they prioritize the functionality of ICON to ensure students are able to access the class content that they paid tuition for.

Collin Sawyer
UI student

The beginning of Palestinian statehood

Sixty-five years to the day after the partitioning of Palestine into Palestinian and Israeli States, with a separate status for Jerusalem, we now have U.N. recognition of a Palestinian State. This calls for celebration by all peoples of the world who value the right of independence and self-determination. 

In the days before Nov. 29, 1947, the day of passage of UN Resolution 181, President Truman and his administration feverishly fought for a majority in the General Assembly to bring about recognition of the State of Israel. This unjust resolution gave 60 percent of the Land of Palestine under the British mandate to one third of the population.

Then as now, the vote in the General Assembly was cast along political alliances. Thirty-three members including Canada, France, the U.S., USSR, Norway, Sweden voted in favor of resolution 181. The 13 Arab states voted against. Recognizing the unfairness of the Resolution, the United Kingdom voted against. The passage of this resolution was never agreed upon by the Palestinians. Resolution 181 did not follow negotiations between the Arabs and the Israelis. It was imposed by the U.N., whether the Arabs liked it or not.

The vote cast at the U.N. headquarters in New York was 138 in favor, 9 against including the U.S., Israel, and the Czech Republic, and 41 abstentions, most of which were in Europe. This vote has certainly come a long way since 181. It is unfortunate that the champion of liberty and freedom for all, the U.S., voted against this resolution.

Patrick Hitchon
Iowa City resident


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