We would like to write in response to last week’s Wespeak regarding Visiting Associate Professor of African American Studies Anna Bean’s case (“Bean’s case needs clarification,” April 15, Volume CXLIII, Number 40), as students who have taken her courses. When you read between the lines of this Wespeak, it seems that the authors did not care for Professor Bean’s teaching, or have not taken a class with her.
There’s an issue in this school that has been bothering me since I entered two years ago, one that is almost never addressed by anyone, and always rendered invisible. I do not wish to sound ungrateful but, at the risk of being ridiculed by my peers, I’m going to try to address an unseen consequence of economic privilege: affording food on campus.
I don’t mean to sound self-righteous in writing this Wespeak, but as I was wandering along Main Street this weekend, I happened to discover a phenomenon that is destroying the vitality of the small-business owner and the face of Downtown Middletown.
I’ve never been prompted to make a response to any Wespeak or opinion article from the moment I stepped on campus, and although I haven’t been here long, it’s telling how much this particular opinion article, by Ed Klein, affected me.