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The legacy of Ken Fields

Dear editors, I was very sorry to read your two recent articles, “Following accusations of insensitivity and vulgarity in class, Native American studies professor is no longer teaching course” on Jan.14 and “After ‘insensitive’ course delisted by Native American Studies program, English department chair scheduled to meet students” on Jan. 21. No doubt, your reporting…

When one narrative stifles others

Claire Wang’s “Title IX doesn’t cover emotional abuse. What happens when student organizations are left to manage it on their own?” fails to productively answer the crucial question posed in its title. Instead the article neglects a broader perspective and approaches serious abuse allegations using a sensationalist, one-sided deluge of personal history; Amanda Spyropoulos details…

On anonymity

Claire Wang’s “Title IX doesn’t cover emotional abuse. What happens when student organizations are left to manage it on their own?” details the student organization Common Origin’s response to alleged emotional abuse between two of its members. The article’s staggering amount of detail undermines any pretense of anonymity and implicitly invites readers to judge for…

Voter registration and beyond

In the past month Stanford in Government (SIG) and Stanford Votes – a faculty, student, and staff non-partisan effort – have effectively raised awareness about the low level of student voter participation (20 percent in prior mid-term elections). Thanks to their efforts, well over 1800 students have already registered to vote via https://stanford.turbovote.org/, far exceeding past election year…