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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor regarding recent Daily coverage

Shame on The Stanford Daily for publicly shaming a Stanford employee, a one-time sex offender who long ago paid his debt to society and now poses no apparent threat to anyone at Stanford or anywhere else.  This is vigilante journalism of the worst kind. Theodore L. Glasser  Professor Emeritus Department of Communications 

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…

When journalism falls short

A recent Daily article by Claire Wang describes (in lengthy and sometimes graphic detail) a situation of alleged emotional abuse, not covered by Title IX, and asks the question “What happens when student organizations are left to manage [cases like this] alone?” The focus of the article, however, seems to be less how the student…

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…

Letter to the editor: thank you, recall movement

Thank you to the women who organized the campaign to Recall Persky and the thousands of my neighbors who made the historic win possible. We have proved that just like reproductive rights, gun control and other issues, violence against women is a voting issue. Candidates who want the vote of women and our allies better…

Letter to the Editor: On the Robert Spencer protests

To the Editor: Those of us who came to see and hear Robert Spencer’s ideas and were disallowed into the auditorium were shocked and repelled by the actions of Stanford’s self-elected thought police. This was a demonstration of the most selfish and narrow-minded bigotry – worthy of a fascist state – that has no place…

Letter to the Editor: On removing the Serra name

Dear Daily Editor: I praise the choice of written resolution of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council, as opposed to, for instance, vandalism, but my response aimed at them is: “Don’t erase what you don’t like.” Whether you prefer the words of George Santayana or Winston Churchill, don’t forget history, and don’t try to…
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