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Does Task Force represent students?
To the Editor:
Without a doubt, the proposal to change the fight song has definitely stirred emotions on campus and among alumni. It all began when the "Diversity Task Force set out to find ways to make our community more inclusive, and our student body more aware and accepting of differences." At the behest of the student representatives on the Diversity Task Force, the fight song change was one of the many Task Force proposals.
Yes, the response was almost unanimously reactionary. It may well also have included "insults and hateful threats," although I saw no indication of that in The Technique. The nature of the response is most certainly newsworthy. It begs the question, "Who does the Diversity Task Force work for?" With a reported student representation of six out of nineteen total Task Force Members, are our concerns as students being accurately represented?
A letter to the Editor published last week stated that the student response had "tainted the hard work of the Diversity Task Force." Judging by this reactionary response, the hard work of the Diversity Task Force would not have been tainted had it been put towards a cause that actually reflected the sentiments of the student body.
Perceptions should not become so distorted to the point where student organizations are allowed to balk at the views and opinions of the students that these organizations are chartered to serve. The emphatic response of the student body should be taken for what it is: an adamant affirmation that every student and alumni would toast a drink to their credentials as an engineer.
Anthony M. Godfrey
Copyright © 1998 by Gregory S. Scherrer, Editor and by the Student Publications Board
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