To the Editor: Re: “Students complainof racial profiling at MSA event”:I have serious concerns with the way therecent MSA “racial profiling” issue hasbeen portrayed by The TORCH as well asother members of this university. Being aminority myself, at first I took great concernin the issue, but after reading past theheadline was appalled.
First of all, to assume that poor administrativedecisions on the part of PublicSafety can lead to racial profiling is irresponsible.
To accuse an institution of racialprofiling is an extremely serious accusationthat should be approached with caution.The logic behind such a claim in this casemake very little sense: if The Department ofPublic Safety uses metal detectors at anevent that is not in accordance to Universitypolicy, then this accounts for racial profiling.
The most serious claim anyone couldmake is that this was poor judgment on thepart of Public Safety and the administratorsshould have made sure they apprehendedcorrect information. I understand that theStudent Life had correct information onhow many students were attending; therefore,Public Safety is probably at fault formisinformation.
Secondly, the article highlights threecases where magnetometers were not usedat events. Spike Lee and Cornell West, to bespecific, are major figures in black and liberalactivism! Therefore, for Public Safetyto avoid metal detecting at those eventsshows a lack of responsibility, if anything,and not racial profiling.
Thirdly, at no point in the article did Iread about any of the MSA members beingimproperly or rudely treated while beingscanned. I am lead to believe that the PublicSafety officers did not point out any particularindividual at the event. If there wassuch activity, then I would consider lookinginto the protocol of the department.
However, this is not the case.I feel this issue needs to be looked at ina much broader perspective of administratorsin Public Safety making sure they doublecheck their information. Simple as that.More importantly, we as a student bodyneed to make sure that such claims are reexaminedscrupulously. Please take heed inthe seriousness of such allegations.
Radha RadkarFreshmanSt. John’s College
To the Editor: Re: “Drinking deathopens question on responsibility”:We very much appreciate PeterWithey’s article about the tragic death ofRider University Freshman GaryDeVercelly due to alcohol poisoning. Wecan only hope as more light is focusedsuch tragic incidents, our society willbecome more committed to end them. Welose over 1700 children to alcohol-relateddeaths each year. If these deaths were theresult of a plane crash we would be doingmore to stop them.
The Gordie Foundation was started in2004 by a family who lost its son, GordieBailey, to alcohol poisoning at theUniversity of Colorado during Chi Psi fraternity’ssecret initiation ritual involvinghazing using alcohol.
Today, we have more than 75 chaptersof our “Circle of Trust” on college campuses,where our peer education programsare warning college students about thedangers of peer pressure, hazing and alcoholpoisoning. Our children don’t understandthat the amount of alcohol it takes topass out is dangerously close to theamount it takes to kill. They don’t believefraternity traditions can kill. We encouragethem to call for help when a friend isimpaired by alcohol and save a life. Gordiewould be with us today if someone had just called for help.
We will share your article with others and applaud your efforts toinform the public about such a preventable tragedy. Please visit us atwww.gordie.org.
Melanie R. CarrollProgram CoodinatorThe Gordie Foundation