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Letters to the Editor/Online Comments

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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Glass trap for birds

The new Terry Trueblood recreation facility is a delight to visit; the problem is that the glass that makes up the railing at the main building is a death trap for birds. Birds are not known to recognize glass as a solid plane without warning stickers applied to (or suspended in front of) the glass. The building glass is also seen as a “fly through” way for unsuspecting birds and could be corrected in a similar way. Glass stickers are not visually obtrusive or expensive. They commonly consist of simple bird silhouettes.

On our first visit to the new facility we were delighted, because this is a bird habitat where several ecosystems come together; that is, until we witnessed a bird collide into the glass and struggle to fly after that. We contacted Iowa City officials and the local bird club in Iowa City, who expressed an interest in correcting the glass oversight. However, last time out there, I did not see that anything was done.

Paul Broderick
Iowa City resident

Re: Racism separates at UI

I am so glad someone finally addressed this topic. I didn’t recognize the severity of the ignorance on campus until I came across a picture of me one day on Twitter under the caption of “I hate the Asians Here.” I was merely walking back from the Student Organization fair with a dragon head on because I didn’t have enough hands to carry it. I saw that many others had “favorite” and even retweeted the post, which angered me even more.

I looked through the Twitter account on which it was featured and found a multiplicity of tweets pertaining to the Asians on campus. There were some that I did not take offense to and actually found quite humorous, but some were just downright demeaning. It seemed to me that people were finding humor not only in the actions of Asians but just their existence. The snapshots of Asians sleeping on campus became all too familiar to me through Twitter. What should be perceived, as a “tired college student” became a subject of mockery of Asians.

Yiming Qin

I think it's definitely true that international students suffer from stereotyping, but I think it might be a jump to confuse a cultural issue with racism. I would be interested to see whether students of Asian ancestry who were born and raised in the United States share the same sentiments.

Brendan Power


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