Letters to the Editor

Letters: What’s the history of State High alma mater?; Sexist ad had no place at Penn State

What’s the history of State High alma mater?

The Penn State Alma Mater was published by Fred Lewis Pattee in April 1901. The original document in his own hand is enshrined by the university.

Isn’t it odd that no one seems to know who composed the State College High School Alma Mater and little thought is given to it, save by one inquiring local musician?

Kenneth Wareham, State College

Sexist ad had no place at Penn State

“We are Penn State” is a phrase that is widely known. It fosters a sense of belonging and inclusivity. However, Penn State seems to be taking steps backward when it comes to sexist ads in school bathrooms. The ad stating “Do you Wonder what that Woman gave you? You could have an STI” is incredibly sexist and was put in a highly visible place. This ad should not have even been run in the first place, and Penn State’s delay in removing the ad is unacceptable.

Penn State initially responded to this situation in a tweet stating that they were looking into the placement of the ad. However, the placement is not the problem. The problem is the content that implies that women mainly spread sexually transmitted infections to men.

The university initially responded to the tweet on Feb. 2, however, the poster was not removed until Feb. 4. The entire incident was in bad taste and seems to shame women for spreading sexually transmitted infections to men and does not call women to get tested. If Penn State wants to continue to claim that we are all Penn State, then they need to become more inclusive and less sexist in the ads it runs.

Erin Rush, State College

EPA should be run by someone with our best interest at heart

Andrew Wheeler is clearly a terrible candidate to head the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a former coal lobbyist who has used his current position at the EPA to push environmental protection rollbacks and decrease the importance of factoring in human health impacts of proposed environmental policies. In his recent hearing in front of the Senate EPW committee, he even admitted to not reading a number of recent climate impact reports that would have a serious impact on his agency and their work.

It is incredibly irresponsible to appoint someone who “would not call (climate change) the greatest crisis” to a leadership position at the agency tasked with protecting our environment and health. In fact, the recently released IPCC climate change report warns that we have limited time — barely over a decade — to reduce emissions before we reach catastrophic climatic conditions.

Wheeler is a biased, dangerous candidate to head the EPA at such a critical time in history. As a student intern working with the nonpartisan climate action group Defend Our Future, I am troubled by our current administration’s lack of concern for the well-being of our environment and citizens. It is critical, particularly as young adults, that we call our senators and demand that the EPA is run by someone with our best interest at heart. Our health and our future depend on it.

Aliza Baden, Columbus, Ohio

Ad was the wrong way to promote STI testing

I am writing this letter in response to recent the CDT article, “Penn State, State College nonprofit respond to social media backlash over ‘sexist’ ad.”

I am still in disbelief that this ad was allowed to run in the first place.

I can see where the organization thought the ad was “witty” or “clever” but I don’t think it is a great way to promote safe sex or encourage students to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.

According to statistics from the American Sexual Health Association, of the 20 million new STIs that occur yearly, half are contracted by those aged 15-24. What’s worst is that only 12 percent were tested for STIs in the last year.

There is a need to encourage college students to get tested for these illnesses, but don’t use an ad that is sexist to encourage it.

Elizabeth Cooney, State College
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