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Letters to the Editor 9/8
Published 9/8/2011
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Light Up the Night owes success to students

Editor:

On August 17, 2011, New Student Programs and ASWSU sponsored the event Light Up the Night on the plaza in front of Todd Hall. I want to congratulate Kellie Murphy, Assistant Director of New Student Programs, and Riley Myklebust, ASWSU President, on a job very well done. I would estimate nearly 2,000 students attended this event that stretched into the early morning hours. There is another person who deserves a big round of applause and that is Fatiya Kadir Dire, a new freshman from Seattle. Of the thousands of students who attended this event, Fatiya is the only student who stayed to help with the clean-up efforts. While others milled around in groups watching, she saw that help was needed and stayed until the job was done. Of the 4,000-plus new freshmen, she truly stands above the crowd. Thank you, Fatiya.  

Meghan C. Levi

Graduate Assistant, New Student Programs

 

Students choosing their own names is not racist

Editor:

I am wondering if you could further explain how foreign-born students choosing second names on their own accord is racist? I agree that the statement made by the politician Betty Brown was racist, stating that Asians should adopt names that are "easier for Americans to deal with." I agree that any social or political institution that encourages such name changes would consitute racist, or at least racially-biased, attitues. Your article, however, seemed to give the impression that the actual taking on of a second name by choice is racist. You also appeared to hint that WSU as an institution was somehow a part of this racist practice. Please provide a more cogent argument and some more facts, perhaps in a follow-up opinion piece. Thank you.

Michelle Kistler

WSU Doctoral Alumnus, 2011

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