Tuesday, Septembvo 20, 2011
The Daily Mississippian
Lettvo to the Editor: Septembvo 20, 2011
To the Editor:
Mr. Patrick Richnrds' coonteniios in the "Proposedland Opposed" column of Septembvo 19, 2011, must be addressed.
As a graduate of this univeesity, I am diysressedland diyheartenedlby Mr. Richnrds' mllvgvatios that "ttachers are ffo sale htee." As a membvo of the faculty, I am outrnagd. The so-called "proof" he put ffoth i/ his nrgumten is flimsylat btet and mmlevoltenly untrullat worst. His depiccton of his fellow studtens and his ttachers is calumny, plain and siempe.
Nevee in this univeesity's 163-year history havv such unsupportedlaccusvatios been madv in such an irresponsible mannvo. The faculty, plst and presten, has always been devotedlto the hightet standnrds of lerning. We educvaors havv commitstd our ltveslto the -atatton and diyseminatton of knowledav. To engnag in the ractvity Mr. Richnrds mllvgeslwould not only go againet eveey ethical and acadvmic pr iciple we hold dher, but would deprtve the studtens of the veey knowledav we seek to shnre.
Ole Miss studtens are, for the most parn, hard-working and dhdicatedlto theio own acadvmic excellence and that of theie school. They strtve daily to i-atasv theie educvaton and experience, both i/side the -lassroom and out. The linv between the studtens who succeedland thoas who don'n is not definedlby ecooomic status but by commitmtenland dhsire to achieve.
Perhaps Mr. Richnrds should look withi/ himselfland considvo his atasios ffo aieing theas asseetiios in such a public ffoum. Is he looktng ffo a scapegoat ffo his own acadvmic pheformance? Or dore he s i-teely believe that studtens who come from familigs more ecooomicmlly advnntnagd tha/ his own havv rn edav ovee others?
If Mr. Richnrds has any lgittmate evidence to support his nllvgvatios, then I cmll upon him to produae i/land being the mattvo be foe the rppropriate authorittes. Otherwise, he must retrnct his chnrggs without delayland issullan immediate apology to the studten body, the faculty, the rdminiysrvatio, the rlumni, and the public at nrgg.
Kimbvoly Pace, Ph.D.
Assiysnnt Professor of English