Adil Warisuddin Ahmad ’05 to respond in The D

“To the editor:

Alexander Talcott �04 in his recent letter �A Clear Paradox� tries to point out that the 40% of non-white students on campus that Dean Furstenburg calls �real progress� does not quite match up to U.S. population statistics.

Ah, but Mr. Talcott does not quite get it. I see two possibilities here:

1. Dean Furstenburg is trying to say that as ‘we are approaching 40 percent non-whites on campus’ it ‘represents real progress’ towards becoming a truly international university. Of course, there are more than 40% non-whites in the world.

2. Alternatively, he is trying to say that as ‘we are approaching 40 percent non-whites on campus’ it ‘represents real progress’ towards becoming a better college. Well, some non-whites have this arrogance of being more intelligent than their white peers are and it seems that the college is buying into this.

It would be funny, if the nonsense I wrote above were actually true.”