Letters to the Editor

The Guardian welcomes letters from its readers. All letters must be addressed, and written, to the editor of the Guardian and sent to [email protected] Letters are limited to 500 words, and all letters must include the writer’s name, college and year, department or city of residence. A maximum of three signatories per letter is permitted. The Guardian Editorial Board reserves the right to edit for length, accuracy, clarity and civility and reserves the right to reject letters for publication. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we do not confirm receipt or publication of a letter.

Grade Gap is Larger for Recruited Athletes

Dear Editor, In reply to Benjamin Pope ‘08: I suggest Mr. Pope read “The Game of Life,” co-authored by the former president of Princeton, William Bowen. Using a comprehensive data set, Shulman and Bowen show that in recent decades, there are large gaps in academic qualifications between recruited athletes and applicants at large, even at the academically elite Division I schools.  ...

D-I Editorial Ignores Well-balanced Colleges

Dear Editor, I am a UCSD (undergraduate) alumnus and a current graduate student at the University of Arizona. I read your editorial regarding the Division-I athletics referendum, “Keep The Change.” I will preface my comments by saying that I am an avid sports fan and support the Division-I referendum, even though as an alum I cannot vote.  As a Warren College student, I was always encouraged to “live a life in balance.” While there are many prestigious academic institutions such as those you mentioned that do not have Division-I athletics, there are many examples of schools which do achieve a balance between the two, such as Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, among others, and I feel that this is a model which UCSD should try to emulate, with or without football.  ...

Student Input on D1 Referendum

Dear Editor,  In the last few weeks, articles were published regarding the publicity of the Division-I referendum and upcoming special election. As the A.S. Advocate General, I am responsible for the neutral, educational campaign to promote the special election. It was just over a week ago that the referendum was officially approved by the administration, meaning that our neutral campaign could begin.  ...

Editorials Should Support Student Orgs

Dear Editor, Our primary goal is to defend public education by engaging and empowering students. We are not the out-of-touch idealists featured in your article and editorial on Jan. 26. The renovation of CLICS was not announced in response to the reclamation last quarter. It was announced in an A.S. Council press release on September 30, 2011. Last year the council killed an $8 student fee to save CLICS, but now it wants to pass a $165 fee for Division-I sports. Although students have taken responsibility for running CLICS, we have not set its hours, we did not know or plan for it to be open and University Centers closes the building every night. The administration did not “invite student input” about re-opening CLICS. They re-opened CLICS without communication or negotiation, and only afterwards did they email students. For a student-run newspaper, your editorial board is surprisingly cynical about student-run organizations. The $370,000 you said it would take to run old CLICS is irrelevant to whether students can run a 100-seat study space in the new “Galbraith Hall” (named for Chancellor John S. Galbraith and his lifelong commitment to libraries which have lost 16% of their budget to UCSD).  Running CLICS costs $450,000 annually, but renovation will cost $6.7 million to run CLICS about 15 years. We urge the Guardian to be a voice for students and support student movements in the future. We invite students, faculty and staff to help us reclaim public education on Mondays at 7 p.m. at CLICS or email [email protected] to get involved in mobilizing for the international day of action on March 1 and the walkout and reclamation of the capitol in Sacramento on March 5. —Kevin Quirolo Senior, Marshall College —Patrick Saris Senior, Sixth College —Sean Estelle Junior, Sixth College —Nickolai Smith Graduate, Department of Sociology ...

Magazine Insert Signals Selling Out

Dear Editor, It is with great regret that I pen this letter to mark the recent passing of the Guardian’s Dignity. It was only after a particularly arduous and protracted suffering that it finally made the dark passage from this world to the next, having been ill for some time from a perilous mixture of media funding deficiencies and student apathy. ...

CLICS is for the Students — Not A.S.

Dear Editor, I really like how the students were able to take back CLICS last quarter. CLICS has now been opened, with mainly volunteers putting forth their time and effort to keep the place running. CLICS had always been a convenient place to study, and now with no computers, it brings total silence in the area. It’s insanely quiet in there and I can actually study without being distracted, unlike Geisel. ...

Make the Most Out of Your College Experience

Dear Editor, I want to tell you why I love college. College is experiencing absolute wind-in-your-face freedom for the first time. College is befriending the most diverse array of interesting people you will ever meet on a daily basis. College is slowly walking away in profound awe from conversations that will fundamentally change who you are. And I’m not going to lie to you, college is unleashing your inner party animal on Friday nights and engaging in such ridiculous shenanigans that it puts the Hangover to shame. ...

Finding a Balance Across the Pond

Dear Editor, I’m British — the land of the Queen and of the hit TV sitcom, “Skins.” I’d like to tell you my brief history. At 13 I lost my virginity. The next four years I partied, drunk copious amounts of alcohol and pursued promiscuous fun very successfully (the land of the Queen remember). In short, I avoided homework and instead caught chlamydia — or nearly. ...

Lights Out

We’ve protested. We’ve hosted days of action. We’ve attended teach-ins. But when all is said and done, none of them have stopped ever-increasing budget cuts, which could hit UCSD in a big way next year, with the closure of CLICS. That’s right — we have sunk to such financial depths that UCSD, one of the country’s top research facilities, is closing a library. ...