I was delighted to read Alisha Rosas’ article entitled “‘Who wants to …’ lowers societal values” [Feb. 25] because she confirmed that we are raising young people who realize that parading in a bathing suit and agreeing to marry a man you do not know is not romance, it is sport. I am very proud to see our students stand up for values, for those values will shape their future the most.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
It is with no little amazement that I read the article “Student’s letter questions Mexico trip activities” in the Feb. 25 issue of the Campus Times. I am concerned that letters by students that do fundamentally nothing more than complain about a class are now the provence of front page CT journalism. Had other students agreed with Mr. Dowell, I could possibly see some point in CT getting involved in the issue, but as it is the article strikes me as something like sinking to the level of National Enquirer sensationalism. I am sure that every professor on this campus has a student or two who complain about almost every class he or she teaches. Is that properly of Campus Times concern?
It seems obvious from the article that Mr. Dowell’s difficulty was caused primarily by an incredible lack of preparation on his part. Did he not know that there had been an attempt at a revolution in Chiapas? Was he unaware that Mexico is primarily a third world country? Does he bother to keep up on current events? Is any of this the fault of his instructor?
Good, substantive editorials in the same issue on the parking fiasco and on the racial problems in Claremont prove that the CT is capable of good journalism. It is disturbing when the paper sinks to the level of sensationalism.
David R. Werner
Associate Professor of English
Director, Educational Programs in Corrections
I am writing in response to last Friday’s article “Student’s letter questions Mexico trip activities.” I felt that Lehi Dowell’s comments might discourage students from taking any study trips with the University, and being one of the 12 students who took part in this trip, I wanted to clear some things up. As students it is our responsibility to assist our teachers in helping the courses we take be successful, not to make it difficult.
During this trip there were numerous times where things did not go as planned and schedule because of our own faults. Tardiness and irresponsibility is what caused most of the schedule change during our time in Mexico, not the organizational or leadership ability of our two teachers. It’s unfortunate that Lehi feels the need to blame everyone else but himself about his supposed awful experience in Mexico. I wonder if in the lengthy letter of complaint that he wrote to Dean Gingrich he included the fact that one of the three museum visit cancellations was largely due to the fact that he chose to leave the group, not because of “lack of effort” of David Román.
I’m sorry that Mr. Dowell did not enjoy our time and numerous adventures in Chiapas. Most of us knew that Chiapas is a state where there is a lot of political tension. And if Mr. Dowell had read the book before we arrived to Chiapas he would have known that as well. I advise that Mr. Dowell visit the counseling center for a few sessions to work through his horrible experience in Chiapas. While Lehi will forever be affected by the “risks” we faced in Chiapas, the rest of us will remember swimming in waterfalls, visiting beautiful Mayan ruins in the jungle and learning how to say a few words in the Tzotzil dialect from indigenous children. I really don’t understand why Lehi all of a sudden feels that this trip was terrible, unorganized and not worth taking. He mentioned he was scared and felt he was in danger because we supposedly went into a war-zone. It’s funny that the rest of us on the trip did not see it that way. He sure didn’t seem to think we were in a war-zone when he was dancing away in Salsa Clubs and attending “Happy Hour” at the nearest bar.