Regarding the Foghorn’s running of MEChA’s and other concerned student letters in this issue
Since our Foghorn April Fool’s issue, which offended a number of readers (an offense we did not intend and deeply regret), we invited the offended to publish letters of response. Instead, the Culturally Focused Clubs wrote the Foghorn a letter in response to the issue, but published it through their own e-newsletter, not allowing the Foghorn to publish it.
As an old white guy, I would like to offer a quick response to a number of factual, legal, and ethical problems contained within the opinion editorial “What’s Wrong with USF’s Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program?”
I would like to address a piece that appeared in the April 10th issue of the University of San Francisco Foghorn. The article to which I am referring is “It Could Happen To You” featured in the News section. Though the segment was aimed at creating more awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) on our campus, the reaction from many readers was negative due to the way the article presented SAAM.
We write in response to the recent opinion piece by Professor Fels [April 17, 2014], lest our silence be construed as a tacit endorsement of his position. We strongly disagree with Professor Fels and write to assure the community that the University has no intentions of altering the current Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program. “Diversity of perspectives, experiences and traditions are essential components of a quality education in our global context” remains a Core Value at the University of San Francisco [Vision, Mission, Values Statement].
- David H. Kim is the director of USF’s Critical Diversity Studies Program, an associate professor of the Philosophy department, and a former Minority Dissertation Scholar.
In the April 17, 2014 edition of the Foghorn, Prof. Tony Fels contends that USF’s Minority Dissertation Fellowship is unethical and the Critical Diversity Studies Program “dubious.” These accusations are confused, but their correction is an opportunity to clarify the new Critical Diversity Studies program (CDS). The following points I make below can also help us rethink Fels’ other targets.
Madeline Vanden Branden
My initiation into the Foghorn was unceremonious. A guy in my English class turned around and asked, “Does anyone want to copy edit the Foghorn? I’m tired of it.” The class groaned, shaking their heads. I raised my hand high, for even as a sophomore my passion for clean-copy was pervasive. After meeting with the Editor-in-Chief, where my enthusiasm won her over/creeped her out, I got the job.