I decided to make this part into a separate post...
If you're a regular reader of my posts, you know how much I detest the opinion board of the Cornell Daily Sun. But their editorial today just takes it to a totally new level. They actually like that fact that Michigan State is adding a "Black Celebratory" - which amounts to a second graduation ceremony just for black students. First, let me address this ceremony. The Sun claims that "[i]t should not, however, be viewed as a move toward separatism..." That's exactly what it is. It's extremely unfortunate that Michigan State's administration has endorsed an event, which, by its very definition, is open to only one race. The student government at MSU was smart enough to realize that it's a bad idea, and thus denied funding to the event. It might seem obvious to astute readers, but it needs to be said: what would have happened if some students had wanted a "White Celebratory"? They would have been dismissed as off their rockers, and quite probably have been labeled racist as well.
Not only do the authors of the Sun editorial like this, they think it doesn't go far enough. They, of course, want more pandering to blacks. My favorite gem was this one:
When students, regardless of race, are facing difficult odds, a school necessarily takes on the responsibility of providing the means (financial and otherwise) to enable completion of a degree.
From what school of logic does this come? An education is not a right. To me, it is best described as an investment. It is, in fact, the student's responsibility to seek assistance when (s)he is facing difficulties. If this sentence is to be believed, then a university could conceivably be sued whenever a student flunks out.
And I know this is old news, but the Sun destroyed any pretense of being objective when it ran the article smearing Sabia and the Review on April Fool's Day. Much as some like to read the Review for humor, so do I get many laughs from pages four and five of the Sun.