SLU, something is still very wrong. Stop your ignorance of it already. You sit quietly, again, and do nothing while more details are given to us from the Riverfront Times about the alleged rape case. I am extremely disappointed in you, SLU.
I am upset at your inability to trust us with the truth or which parts of the story you can tell. If you will not talk, then we will. I am angered by your decision to reduce Reed and Mitchell’s sentences to only one semester. But what I find more interesting is the return date.
They are allowed to come back in January, but clearly from the date that they were asked to leave campus to the point in which they are allowed return does not count for the full duration of a semester.
I wonder if the basketball schedule had something to do with this— but I guess I’ll never know that either because to you, silence is bliss. Why don’t you back up your faculty and staff on the Conduct Board that found a year sufficient?
My second disgrace is the Free Willie group. As a few weeks back the paper had a letter to the editor that echoed the need to surround our fellow Billiken who was the victim instead of upholding the suspects. Do you really want to uphold someone who said he was hoping on “ ‘pulling a train’ on the victim… without her knowledge or consent.” Really? Is that what we endorse SLU?
SLU I love you and will love you, but I don’t know why you don’t get the message. So I know I can’t change the punishment or what happened, but you can. What are you going to do differently SLU? How are you going to prevent this from happening again? When will you protect the victim as much as you protect your sports team members?
SLU administrators I am calling on you to for once lead by example. Lead by the tradition you claim is so alive here. So far I’ve watched the tradition lived out by the faculty and staff, but through your decisions you show that the mission is just talk.
Be an advocate for social justice, and don’t just use it as a selling point on commercials to increase enrollment. Uphold the dignity of your students. Treat us like the educated adults you wish us to be. SLU it’s our turn to dish out the assignments. So you’re assignment over break SLU is to take a deep long look at yourself, and figure out who you really are, because we, the students, faculty, and staff, would really like to know.
Take the break to search deep down, and expect us to ask when we return as to what you decide. We would really like to know if the Jesuit mission that is so alive here is a simple a marketing tool or a way to live life, because at this point it only looks as a marketing tool to me.