Tommy the Loon, Dean of OPAL, hard at work

The following blitz was forwarded to me, and I cannot help but to read it over and over again in amazement…

Date: 02 Mar 2004 11:03:44 EST

From: Carol F. Bushway

Reply-To: bortaS blr jablu’DI’ reH QaQqu’nay [sic?]

Subject: fyi

To: (Recipient list suppressed)

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Greetings,

We are writing to let you know of a disturbing incident.

We learned on Friday (2/27/04) that an ’06 African-American

female student returned to her residence hall room on Friday

(2/20/04) evening to find that someone had dumped dry dog food in

front of her door.

We are not making any judgments about this incident report

and do not want to make any judgments about this incident without

having more information. However, we feel it is important to

alert you in case you are aware of any student and community

discussions about it.

Please contact any administrator or staff such as the

Director of Safety and Security, Class Deans, Residential and Student

Life staff, OPAL (Office of Pluralism and Leadership) staff, or

faculty members if you have concerns to share or information to

report. We also encourage you to make your staff and other colleagues

aware of this.

Holly Sateia

Dean of Student Life

Tommy Lee Woon

Associate Dean of Student Life

Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL)

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My concern about this egregious action is two-fold; first of all, why must OPAL immediately pull out the race card, discounting the possiblity of a drunken friend playing a harmless stunt? And secondly, if the prank was racially charged, why was no action taken when somebody left a pile of crackers in front of my door two weeks ago?

Further details to be posted as/if they become available.