Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I’m ashamed to be an alumna – Professor Pessin deserves support and an apology To the Editor: For the first time in 41 years, I am ashamed to be an alumna of Connecticut College (Class of 1974). Professor Andrew Pessin embodies one of the values for which Connecticut College prides itself – free expression of ideas. Furthermore, to allow one student, Lamiya Khandaker, to interpret a Facebook post as “racist” because it suits her anti-Israel agenda, and then condemn Professor Pessin for expressing his point of view, is unconscionable. Second,…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

The New Shain Library Entrance   Dear Editor: As a former Connecticut College faculty member and longtime library user, I was delighted when Shain Library reopened ahead of schedule. As I approached the remodeled building for the first time, however, I was dismayed to see that the former easy slope to the entrance had been replaced by three formidable stone steps, with no wheelchair ramp in sight. I knew there must be a ramp—it’s a legal mandate—and sure enough, as I got closer I saw it off to my left—way…

Letter to Professor Pessin

Letter to Professor Pessin

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…

I Was Not Surprised to Learn the ‘N Word’ Was Found Written in Bathroom Stalls

I Was Not Surprised to Learn the ‘N Word’ Was Found Written in Bathroom Stalls

In November of my freshman year at Connecticut College, students flooded the streets in joy, celebrating the election of our first Black President. The next day on our anonymousm message board, “Conn Coll Confessional,” students were complaining that the country had let “monkeys into office.” When later in the year someone posted, on that same message board, that I was dating someone, the first response was, “Who are those people? Are they minorities?” I attended Connecticut College for four years; I was a good student who inTHterned with a judge…

Why I Wrote My Letter-to-the-Editor and How a 19-Year-Old Received Backlash

Why I Wrote My Letter-to-the-Editor and How a 19-Year-Old Received Backlash

Editor’s note: This is a revised version of the article written by the author for the April 13 print edition of issue 10. Here is what really happened and where it all started. It was 8:42 p.m. on February 18th when I received an email of an offensive Facebook post made by a philosophy professor from four concerned students. They had found it from the public Connecticut College Philosophy Department Facebook page. When the initial students found the Facebook post their first instincts were to send it to the media…

Letter to the Editor from the Mayor of New London

Letter to the Editor from the Mayor of New London

Dear Ms. Zuraw-Friedland: As Mayor of New London, I have been following the recent incidents at Connecticut College, and want to commend the students for taking initiative in determining the type of community they want to be, and for addressing an issue that people of all ages have difficulty discussing. I also commend President Bergeron for encouraging a dialogue that will help the campus heal and resolve issues important to the student body. Connecticut College and New London have a special relationship, and it is vital that we both respect…

Letter to the Editor: Defining the principles that define us

Letter to the Editor: Defining the principles that define us

Dear Connecticut College Community, I am writing this letter to the editor for three reasons. The first is to comment on a resolution passed this past Thursday by the SGA, the second is to comment on the way in which it was passed, and the third is to express a sentiment that I fear could be lost amongst the impassioned diatribe and discourse of the past few days. To the first of my purposes, I am speaking in reference to CC 14-15 #22: Resolution for the Connecticut College Student Government…

Dear President Bergeron: A Letter from a Concerned Alum

Dear President Bergeron: A Letter from a Concerned Alum

Dear President Bergeron, I hope your second year at Connecticut College is treating you well and that you are surviving the harsh winter.  While we only overlapped a semester at the college, I will always remember your involved and hands on style of leadership as something truly unique about Connecticut College.  From the Senior Dinner Series to welcoming my fellow Arabic Studies colleagues and me into your office for an honest discussion, I was moved by your desire to know the students on an individual basis.  Thus, I hope you…

From the Men’s Hockey Team: On Green Dot

From the Men’s Hockey Team: On Green Dot

As a supporter of the Green Dot program and a member of the Men’s Ice Hockey team, I am writing in response to the article published in the opinions section of The College Voice on February 18th, 2015 titled; “Playing Off the Ice: A Reminder to Continue Green Dot Mission Beyond the Workshop”. We appreciate those who carry on the Green Dot initiative by being proactive because as we know, “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.” We would also like to remind everyone that…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To The Editor, I want to comment on the opinion piece, “Playing Off the Ice: A Reminder to Continue Green Dot Mission Beyond the Workshop,” published in the Feb. 16 issue of The College Voice.  This piece has prompted the kinds of conversations the Green Dot Program encourages among our campus community. The hockey team is one of four athletics teams that have taken the initiative to promote the Green Dot program through their games. A number of other students have also helped build awareness of Green Dot, including those…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I want to highlight the absence of journalistic integrity in an opinion piece in the 7th issue of The College Voice, “Playing Off the Ice”. The utter lack of source vetting, thorough research, balanced interviewing, and clarity regarding potentially criminal accusations represents the journalistic differences separating The New York Times from The National Inquirer. At a College Voice open meeting, Aparna Gopalan, an Opinions Editor, presented a pitch regarding a controversy surrounding the Green Dot hockey game and players involved. When no one volunteered, the Op-Editors emailed all published Op-Ed…

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I am truly sorry for the hurt and offense that I have caused via my Facebook post of last summer, to individuals on this campus and now beyond. It was written last August in the middle of the war between Israel and Hamas, and sat quietly (if publically) on my Facebook page until a Connecticut College student, displaying courage and integrity, emailed me about it on February 18 and described in no uncertain terms how she felt about it. I acknowledged how much I respected her speaking up, apologized for…