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Letters to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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Progress on sexual-assault email

I want to applaud the University of Iowa for taking action and making changes to the format of the “Timely Warning Notification” emails that are distributed after a sexual assault is reported on or near campus. Though it saddened me to read another report of sexual assault, it is promising to see suggestions that were made at the Feb. 27 sexual misconduct listening session convened by President Sally Mason put into practice. Specifically it was suggested that a “trigger warning” be added to the beginning of the email, which gives survivors of sexual assault an indication that it is possible that contents of the email may cause an adverse traumatic response. Additionally, information on obtaining help was listed at the top of the email, and it was highlighted early on that “the only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator.”  

I appreciate that in the recent weeks the discourse on sexual misconduct has been open and that the administration is not only seeking input from the campus community through initiatives including the listening session and the assembly of the sexual assault advisory committee, but also following through with action. 

Caitlin Owens     

Re: The Worst Politician in America

As a former Chicago suburbanite who has lived in Iowa City year-round for five years, I sometimes get the sense of reluctance admitting where I am from. This is because the reputation people from Chicago who come to the University of No. 1 Party School have. That reputation is that the Chicagoans show up, say how much better Chicago is than Iowa, graduate, and move back to the North Side while leaving their red plastic cups for someone else to pick up.

Well, I will be the Chicagoan to stand up for the Hawkeye State saying that it is as genuine, subtle, and just as cultured as a big city. Sure, Iowa doesn't have a hockey team everyone can bandwagon on, but that doesn't mean we are less significant to the world than a big city. Iowans feed the world. Iowans value hard work, education, and community. Iowa City does have good food — shout out to Mesa Pizza, very desirable in my opinion. Sure we do have politicians and legislation that I don't agree with (see Rep. Steve King and gun permits for the blind). But the article written by Matthew Byrd could have been just as informative without expressing his distaste for the community that he currently belongs to.

Danny Jimenez


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