I was very disappointed to read the column published in Thursdays State News titled Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct, by John LaFleur (SN 11/30). While I completely understand Mr. LaFleurs frustration with the holy day of Christmas becoming commercialized, I dont understand his need to blame other religious holidays at the same time of year for the increase in commercialism. There is no need to bash Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice.
I like to plan. In general, I have a habit of living for the future, a habit which is usually admired and rewarded, usually called ambition and the pursuit of success.
The decision to extend Athletics Director Clarence Underwoods contract was not the best for MSU athletics and breaks promises made by the administration and Underwood.Because the contract extension prevents a promised national search for another athletics director, MSU has limited its options for the position.
Calling all overly sun-kissed sweet potato faces. Quit your tanning already. Its December and tis the season to be pale, pasty and proud of it.
It is with much chagrin I admit to anybody now that not two months ago I vehemently supported and endorsed John LaFleur (Scholarships bring discrimination, SN 10/25) after his column concerning reverse discrimination in education and academia (Racial discrimination is part of scholarship process, SN 10/23). After reading what could only be called bigoted zealot tripe, I now wish I had known LaFleurs true nature as a brainwashed fundamentalist months ago. In his recent opinion column, LaFleur launches into a rabid fury of Jew, black and pagan bashing (Retailers sold out Christmas to be politically correct, SN 11/30). His disgusting belittlement of Hanukkahs worthiness to stand in the same month as Christmas is mind-boggling.
The number of nontenured faculty members may be high at MSU, but the university is not to blame. The Coalition on the Academic Workforce recently released a report that found nontenured track, or part-time, instructors make up nearly half of the instructors in many humanities and social science classes. For this academic year, MSU employed 741 part-time faculty members and 1,977 tenured faculty.
I am writing in response to Vincent Estes article (Tenured faculty members dwindle, SN 11/29). Estes report rightly identifies a very serious problem besetting higher education: the increased use of part-time, temporary and graduate student instructors. It should be made clear that this university cost-cutting measure not only serves students and part-time and temporary faculty poorly, it also has a long-term function of degrading the increasingly limited and besieged position of tenure-stream faculty.
I am writing in response to the letter concerning CD reviewing choices by The State News (Paper reviews unpopular music, SN 1128). I would like to thank The State News for not wasting an album review on a boy band whose CD could very easily be predicted as being the same crap it has previously released.
E-mail savvy computer nerds, Webmasters and people who have read E-mail for Dummies can relate to one another when faced with one problem-filled component of e-mail - the subject line. Usually, a short phrase or word to describe the overall mood of a message gave Web surfers an opportunity to say, well, the subject of the e-mail.
Three of Texas Gov. George W. Bushs primary campaign slogans were: I trust people, while my opponent trusts government, Government should not get involved in local matters and Honesty and integrity are on the ballot and my opponent doesnt have either. Well, I guess he trusts individuals, except for those individuals in southeast Florida.