Black Activism Shouldn’t Have to Appeal to Allies

To the Editor:

In “What Black Campus Activists Can Learn From the Freedom Summer of 1964” (The Chronicle, January 31), Heather Merrill and Donald Carter argue that black activists must remember a tradition of compassion and acceptance of other individuals in order to forward their agendas. Furthermore, the authors suggest that student activists have chosen to utilize race as a “weapon” and may not have “invested the critical thinking and discussions” required to construct their arguments…

Colleges Must Educate Students About Commercial Uses of Personal Data

To the Editor:

It stands to reason that a for-profit consultant would advocate that higher education facilitate student consent to commercial applications “Muy Loco Parentis: How ‘Freakouts’ Over Student Privacy Hamper Innovation,The Chronicle, February 2). There is money to be made in it. Just ask Google about its scanning of student emails, almost certainly from sometime in 2010 when they used the OneBox technology on all mail until April 30, 2014, when they asserted they had removed that te…

Reasonable Admissions Standards Are Key to Student Success

To the Editor:

I recently read The Chronicle’s article on the proposal and actions of the president and faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland (“A President’s Plan to Steer Out At-Risk Freshmen Incites a Campus Backlash,” January 20). I have earned two master’s degrees and have taught mathematics at a community college for eight years after spending about 13 years at four-year colleges.

First, while the optics of this situation are challenging and the reported methods for making deci…

For Western Illinois U., Finger-Pointing Within Is Not the Answer

To the Editor:

I’m not sure whether the angle of reporting was responsible for the effect, but my impression reading your recent account of layoffs at Western Illinois University (“A University Softens a Plan to Cut Tenured Faculty, but Professors Remain Wary,” The Chronicle, January 27) makes it sound as if faculty are blaming everyone BUT Springfield for the threat to their jobs.  Rather than point fingers at the union or administration, or senior colleagues or the Board of Trustees, as if t…

Scholarly Work of Feminism Critic Should Be Re-Examined

To the Editor:

I am not at all surprised that there is still backlash against feminism in the academy, though I’ll admit to being delighted by the irony that Allen Frantzen, the scholar in question in the recent article “Prominent Medieval Scholar’s Blog on ‘Feminist Fog’ Sparks an Uproar,” (The Chronicle, January 22) is a medievalist. Dude, are you still living in the middle ages?

Contra the Chronicle coverage, though, I think the important issue is neither his opinions nor others’ reactions to…

CUNY Charged Tuition Prior to 1976

To the Editor:

Attending college tuition-free is a reality today for 90 percent of City University of New York community-college students and for more than 66 percent of all full-time CUNY college students in baccalaureate and associate degree programs. For these mostly low-income students, low tuition, federal and state financial aid, and federal tax credits make possible a quality college education. The commentary, “Nobody Should Have to Pay to Go to College,” (The Chronicle, December 16) inco…

There Are Two Wheaton Colleges, and They Aren’t Related

To the Editor:

Your recent article “What the Wheaton Controversy Means for Colleges’ Religious Identity” (The Chronicle, January 13) raises unintended identity confusion for Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, the private, secular liberal arts college where I serve as president. The essay by S. Alan Ray identifies Professor Larycia Hawkins’ institution as Wheaton College in Illinois, but that phrase is often missed by readers, who then confuse the Illinois college’s actions with my ins…

Melissa Click Article Gave Validation to Online Bullies

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my dismay at the “article” you wrote about Professor Melissa Click’s emails (The Chronicle, January 13). I assume you thought that this would shine a light on the appalling level of vitriol, harassment, and abuse that people are willing to send to strangers (especially if those strangers are female, a point you neglected to mention or contextualize). However, the function of the article was to “feed the trolls,” providing attention and validation to online …

Publication of Professor’s Emails Was Appalling

To the Editor:

I am appalled by today’s publication of “Melissa Click’s Inbox” (The Chronicle, January 13).  Utterly lacking in analysis, it reads simply as invasive and intrusive.  I have been waiting months for a thoughtful, nuanced exploration of the tension between the freedom of assembly and the freedom of the press and their intersection at Mizzou in this particular incident, and I have been terribly disappointed.  I expect better from The Chronicle.

Katie LeBesco
Associate Dean for Academ…

Why Publish Professor’s Email Messages?

To the Editor:

What is the point of the article that you published today on Melissa Click’s emails (“Melissa Click’s Inbox,” The Chronicle, January 13)? You seem to have just given an uncritical platform to people who were upset with her, a position that has been well-documented in the press already. What is the point of this, beyond voyeurism and humiliating her even more than she has been humiliated already?

There is nothing newsworthy here. You could have taken a critical look at how threaten…