Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 16, 2013 5:00 AM

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Can’t happen here?

The notion that the Rutgers basketball abuse scandal can’t happen here is misguided, at best. Or maybe I’m missing something in the way that Fran McCaffery screams at his players during games. The Athletics Department has even promoted this rage-based behavior on the backs of city buses with with a “Get Mad with Fran” marketing campaign. 

With Rutgers’ unfortunate experience in mind, we are clearly sending more than one message to the greater Hawkeye community. More to the point, if I screamed at my students in class like that, it wouldn’t matter which tournament I got them into.

Ironically, the DI’s story reporting the administration’s denial that this problem could happen here at Iowa (“No ‘Rutgers’ at Iowa,” DI, April 12) ran above Steve Alford’s apology for ignoring an extreme version of the same problem a few years ago. 

So, with all due respect to the UI Presidential Committee on Athletics, I disagree that “what happened at Rutgers wouldn’t happen here.’ We should know better.

Frank Durham
Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Member, Faculty Senate

Artwork benched

Last September, I had the honor to give something beautiful to Iowa City. I turned a dirty wooden bench into a piece of art. I spent days sketching and re-sketching ideas, trying to find the perfect image, looking for something that I knew the downtown needed. I decided on a time machine, because who doesn’t need one? I spent three days painstakingly sanding, priming, tracing, painting, repainting, and filling in the details because I wanted it to be perfect.

Not even eight months later, my time machine has been destroyed, a gash ripped across the clock face and paint chips scattering the sidewalk.

I understand that revitalization is necessary. I have seen the benches that haven’t weathered well. But many of them like mine were still as good as new. Is this really a wise way to spend $10,000 each year? Wouldn’t it be more logical to redo the benches that need a face-lift, paint the unpainted benches, and let the gifts from Iowa City’s artists stand as long as the paint lasts?

Sarah Marie Kosch
Iowa City resident

DI as a glass cathedral

I got a chuckle out of reading Ben Evans’ screed against this year’s UISG parties (“Sticky Situation,” DI, April 11).  Student government is an important thing, Evans says, but these TOGA and HOUSE kids are all about pranks and bar crawls, not about doing a good job of representation and governing. Boo on them.

I don’t necessarily disagree with this assessment of the parties and their antics, but for the DI to proclaim it from a high horse is hilarious.  Guess what other important student institution is poorly run by students around here? The campus newspaper. 

Until the DI learns not to invent paraphrases and put quote marks around them, until it understands the difference between “breach” and “breech,” until it stops obsessively manufacturing alcohol-related stories and putting them on the front page, and stops introducing middle-school-level orthographical and punctuation errors by “editing for clarity,” it ought to point this particular finger at itself first. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones — and the DI is a regular Crystal Cathedral.

Kyle Oskvig
UI senior

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