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Letters: Blame for offensive ad falls to Penn State; UConn has much to prove to fan base

Blame for offensive ad falls to Penn State

Regarding the recent CDT article, “Penn State, State College nonprofit respond to social media backlash over ‘sexist’ ad,” I agree with what Kelsey Denny chose to do as she saw the ad in the HUB bathroom stall. It may seem like something small on the scale of sexism, but all the little things add up. It starts with reading a message on a bathroom stall, to communicating the offensive words with your friends, and them with theirs and so on. As a Penn State student, I can genuinely say I’ve read the “Toilet Paper,” each time I use the bathroom in the HUB.

It is interesting to see that anyone could submit an ad to the “Toilet Paper,” and how little they must regulate what actually gets put on there. It poses the question of what else has been put on these stalls without being pictured? I am proud to say that the generation I am growing up with continues to help strive for gender equality while helping educate those around them. As times are changing, we ourselves must adapt to the security and sensitivity of those around us.

I think that the Pregnancy Resource Clinic who put out the ad responded to the backlash very responsibly when they apologized and admitted to still learning to do better. The blame should not be placed on them, but Penn State, a larger organization who should be taking what they put out to half of their student body more seriously.

Julia Gretz, State College

Presidential library of tweets?

A fair question to ponder in these crazy times.

Where will the 45th’s presidential library be built, and what form of media could it possibly contain? Famous tweets? Famous quotes? Video outtakes? Consequential intelligence briefing never read?

Perhaps one large cavernous room at Mar-a-Lago containing — nothing?

Bob Green, Spring Mills

UConn has much to prove to fanbase

This is in response to a recent CDT article, “New UConn president says he’s committed to football, AAC.”

As a resident of Connecticut, I recall the times when UConn consistently fielded a competitive football team. For a school best-known for its basketball, seeing a winning football program was unusual, but exciting for us.

Fast forward 10 years and Rentschler Field has one of the worst attendance averages in the FBS. In 2017, average attendance per game was 20,335. The 2018 season saw the Huskies go a mere 1-11, with their only victory coming against FCS Rhode Island.

I know many people that attend UConn, including two of my best friends from high school. On Saturdays, their social media posts are exclusively from pregame tailgates. In fact, most students never enter the stadium.

During my time as a student manager with the Penn State football team, I have become familiar with how a successful program operates. The Nittany Lion spirit is exceptional, from the team’s best players to the student section. At UConn, that alignment is seemingly non-existent. The energy surrounding the team is lacking, yet the school continually attempts to force it.

It is unacceptable for the athletic department to take $8.5 million from student fees to alleviate the budget deficit, especially when the on-field product is subpar. The university must prove to the fanbase that they are committed to being a successful program. If not, it is time to move to the FCS or cut the program.

Greg Radovic, New Fairfield, Conn.
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