I agree with Robert Oliver that intellectual diversity will improve the quality of an Ithaca College education. If we are truly “committed to excellence” as the college seal says, the administration should consider intellectually diverse programming that will increase debate and lead to more informed graduates. More specifically, the administration should consider conservative guest speakers or debates that more closely reflect those occurring in Congress and in the media. While this may be difficult for the overwhelming amount of progressives on campus, it will distinguish the college as an open, diverse, intellectual and tolerant community, and every Ithaca College diploma will be worth more. Ithaca College grads will be “ready” for intelligent debate outside of academia’s bubble.
Roger Custer ’04, Executive Director of the America’s Future Foundation in Washington, D.C.