Maxwell: we need your help
By Lizzi Pine on December 03 2009
On Monday, President David Maxwell sent an e-mail to the Drake community about the administrationâ€™s responsibilities of prevention, education and support of the victims relating to the recent hazing and sexual assault incidents.
This was in response to a front-page article and a staff editorial in the Nov. 23 issue of The Times-Delphic, both of which reported that students and faculty found Maxwellâ€™s original response to be untimely and insensitive.
In the recent e-mail, Maxwell said that the administration will do its part, but the students must do theirs.
â€œWe need your help if we are going to be successful in this endeavor,â€ Maxwell said.
However, many students think the e-mail was ambiguous as to what actions will be taken.
â€œHe didnâ€™t make the actions too clear,â€ sophomore Joey Stych said. â€œI think the actions need to be taken faster. Clearly, this is an important issue; it wonâ€™t be blown over lightly.â€
Junior Katie Henson said she thought he was going to list actions they had done, and that she didnâ€™t understand exactly what he was doing.Others agreed.
â€œI thought the e-mail was kind of vague,â€ junior Kara McCartney said. â€œHe wants to decrease sexual assault and hazing, but he didnâ€™t specifically list out how he was going to do it. He said he needed the students to do their role, but he didnâ€™t say how he wanted the students to take active roles.â€
Some students said that these incidents are not as rare as the administration thinks.
â€œIt happens all the timeâ€”I donâ€™t know if this was just more publicized,â€ Henson said. â€œIt shouldâ€™ve been a bigger deal all along.â€
The e-mail also said sexual assaults and the misuse of alcohol are national problems, and Drake is not immune to them. Maxwell said there is more work to do.
Senior Chelsea Carter said that although she doesnâ€™t see how task forces will help, she appreciates that Drake is addressing the issues.
â€œThey are showing the Drake community that the safety of students is their main concern and theyâ€™re willing to take of it,â€ she said.
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1 Comments For This Story
1. CONCERNED Says:
December 3rd, 2009 at 3:28 PM
While the TDâ€™s coverage of this situation has certainly been bold, I wonder why you havenâ€™t actually interviewed Maxwell about the issue. Maxwell is always responsive and willing to talk to student journalists. Rather than quoting his official statements, give him a chance to answer actual questions. Otherwise, your coverage is completely unfair. Also, I think itâ€™s silly to assume that Maxwellâ€™s email Monday was in direct response to the TDâ€™s story and staff ed. Certainly it played a part, but Iâ€™m sure he was concerned about the issue regardless of the TDâ€™s coverage.