Discourse / Letters / October 15, 2009

Response to Cherie Hartinger’s letter

Dear Reader,

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the inconsistency of the project in question. There has simply not been enough room in our humble, two-to-three page Discourse section to run another installment of the saga of our five young subjects in these past few weeks. While I am sure that offering you a pledge that Knox 101 will ride again (most likely next week) will do little to undo the turmoil I have been brought to realize I have caused. I should have been more careful regarding my choice of words in the first installment of the piece.
I had not anticipated the astounding level of interest in the Discourse section when I formulated my plan for this year. I assumed I would be corresponding with my freshmen weekly, documenting and possibly guiding them through their plights and hardships, their successes and their sorrows. However, students have been much more forthcoming with their opinions, their cartoons, and their adoration of weekly trivia than I had previously thought. Though you may not be receiving weekly updates about what the freshmen think of their FP classes, you are getting a pulse on Knox College., which is just as valuable.
One could say that I am in keeping with a Knox College tradition of making vague promises and proceeding to abandon them. If this were not the case, we would be sipping lattes in Wallace Lounge before seeing Fall Out Boy in the amazingly renovated acoustic wonderland of Alumni Hall.
There is something, however, that I am compelled to bring to the attention of all Discourse followers, reader. If you take issue with the morality of the thing, if you take issue with the lie I have unfortunately, unintentionally printed,, then I must revert to the old adage advising those in glass houses not to throw stones. You, “Cherie,” are throwing jaggedly-spiked boulders.
After extensive research on Faces, the campus directory, Facebook, and even resorting to asking a whole bunch of people via text message, I have determined that there is no Cherie Hartinger on this campus. And yet, this letter was received by the TKS staff in our mail drop-box, printed, addressed with a label from a label maker, and signed with a heart over the letter “i” in both Cherie and in Hartinger.
You clearly went to great lengths to mask your actual identity, forgoing the far simpler option of submitting an e-mail, or handwriting the letter so that the penmanship might be checked for validity. Therefore, I ask how one can accuse anybody of leaving promises unfulfilled when the promise that they have made, by attaching an identity to a letter and then signing it (hearts and all), was nothing but a sham. I pose the question to both you, and all of the loyal Discourse followers: which is the greater evil?

Indisputably,
Rachel Perez
Discourse Editor

Rachel Perez


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A new week means a new round of teams qualified for the world cup next year in South Africa.

In Europe, Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, and Italy join England, Spain, and the Netherlands. Denmark and Serbia are by far the biggest surprises from these groups. With very few well-known names and not a single “star” on either country, they both somehow managed to pass ahead of teams considered favorites. Denmark beat both Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Ibrahimovic’s Sweden to qualify, while Serbia had to beat former World Cup finalists France.

In Africa, Côte d’Ivoire (or the Ivory Coast, in English) secured a qualifying spot after stumbling to a 1-1 tie against Malawi. There are still three spots left, and right now on top of the groups are Cameroon, Tunisia and Algeria.

In South America, Argentina finally managed to secure the last qualifying spot after two hair-raising 1-0 victories against Peru and Uruguay. It joins Brazil, Paraguay, and Chile in the World Cup. Uruguay will have to play off against Costa Rica for the final qualifying spot in the Americas. The USA and Mexico also finalized their qualifications as the two teams representing North America.

Russia and Croatia are the only top 10 teams who haven’t qualified yet, and Croatia is the only to be completely out of the running. Russia is still headed for the next round of playoffs with Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, France and the Republic of Ireland.

Scotland, Ghana, Sweden, and Croatia may have all fallen short of the dream. But there’s always four years from now. As for the rest of us, we can only sit back and enjoy the soccer.

Teams Qualified

Asia

• Japan

• South Korea

• North Korea

• Australia

Europe

• Netherlands

e issue with the morality of the thing, if you take issue with the lie I have unfortunately, unintentionally printed,, then I must revert to the old adage advising those in glass houses not to throw stones. You, “Cherie,” are throwing jaggedly-spiked boulders.

After extensive research on Faces, the campus directory, Facebook, and even resorting to asking a whole bunch of people via text message, I have determined that there is no Cherie Hartinger on this campus. And yet, this letter was received by the TKS staff in our mail drop-box, printed, addressed with a label from a label maker, and signed with a heart over the letter “i” in both Cherie and in Hartinger.

You clearly went to great lengths to mask your actual identity, forgoing the far simpler option of submitting an e-mail, or handwriting the letter so that the penmanship might be checked for validity. Therefore, I ask how one can accuse anybody of leaving promises unfulfilled when the promise that they have made, by attaching an identity to a letter and then signing it (hearts and all), was nothing but a sham. I pose the question to both you, and all of the loyal Discourse followers: which is the greater evil?

Indisputably,

Rachel Perez

Discourse Editor

Gordon Barratt


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