Note from the editor: This letter is an update from an earlier one written by Mr. Balomenos. You can read it here.
Dear Professor. Pessin,
I wish to formally apologize for the letter that I published in the Connecticut College Voice in early March 2015. Since then, I have come to the realization that I made a grave error in writing and publishing such an accusatory piece outlining your actions and opinions. I now understand that I was not operating with sufficient contextual knowledge on the matter, and thus misinterpreted your words.
I should like to make it absolutely clear that justice based on the information made available to me by current Connecticut College students was my only goal. I want to stress that I am not an anti-Semite, nor was I operating with any ulterior anti-Israel agenda. Based solely on the information provided to me at the time, I was deeply uncomfortable with the opinions expressed; however, I now understand the entire background and context of the situation. After reading some of the comments on my letter in the College Voice, it is obvious that I was naïve of how my words would inevitably be construed, and that the situation would explode into what it has. Thus, I am sorry for my accusatory and rash language, as well as the harm I have done to your reputation. At the time, I had the best intentions for the college community, about which I care deeply, but I now see that much to my distress, I have done far more harm than good to both you, and the community as a whole.
While I understand that my actions may be unforgivable and not soon forgotten, I would like to extend my sincerest compassion and empathy for the stress you and your family must be experiencing. It is my hope that as a community we can put this behind us and you are able to return to teaching as effectively as you have in the past. If you would like to discuss my actions further, or if there is anything I can do to help, I would be more than willing to do so.
Zachary Bertrand Balomenos
Class of 2014