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July 21, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Opinion

Letter to the editor: Faculty respond to president’s commentary

Dear President Rochon,

Your commentary, “Policy won’t hinder media access,” published in The Ithacan on October 11th, explains your decision for instituting the Student Media Access Policy, but it does not cover any new ground.

More to the point, it does not address the broader concerns many students, faculty, and staff have raised about this policy and its method of implementation, namely, growing centralization and bureaucratization, a preference for administrative unilateralism and fiat, and the inculcation of corporatist attitudes at the college.  We feel these trends hollow out the culture of openness, collegiality, and trust that has evolved at Ithaca over the past two decades and which we would like to see strengthened.

Instead of “tweaking” this policy, we ask you to rescind it forthwith and to meet with students so that the college can learn how best to serve their interests as journalists. This would be a demonstration of your commitment to open conversation and shared governance that would be heartening to a currently very discouraged college community.

Jonathan
 Ablard,
Associate 
Professor,
 History

Barbara
 Adams,
Associate
 Professor,
 Writing

Susan 
Allen‐Gil,

Professor, 
Environmental 
Studies
 and 
Science

Stewart 
Auyash,
Associate
 Professor 
and 
Chair,
 Health
 Promotion
 and 
Physical 
Education

Kimberly
 Baker,

Assistant
 Professor,
 Sociology

Marlene 
Barken,
Associate 
Professor,
 Marketing
 and 
Law

Asma 
Barlas,

Professor
 and
 Director,
 Center 
for 
the
 Study 
of 
Culture,
 Race,
 and 
Ethnicity

Mary
 Bentley,
Associate
 Professor,
 Health 
Promotion
 and Physical
 Education

Elizabeth 
Bleicher,

Associate 
Professor, 
English

Dan
 Breen,

Associate 
Professor,
 English

Karin 
Breuer,
Associate
 Professor,
 History

Pablo
 Calvi,
Assistant
 Professor
 of 
Journalism

Changhee
 Chun,

Associate
 Professor,
 Cinema, 
Photography
 & 
Media
 Arts

Jeff
 Claus,

Associate
 Professor,
 Education

Jeff
 Cohen,

Associate 
Professor
 and 
Director,
 Journalism

Vivian 
Bruce 
Conger,

Associate
 Professor 
and 
Chair,
 History

Kelly
 Dietz,

Assistant
 Professor, 
Politics

Craig
 Duncan,
Associate 
Professor
 and 
Chair,
 Philosophy 
and 
Religion

María
 Di Francesco,

Associate 
Professor,
 Modern 
Languages 
and
 Literatures

Zillah 
Eisenstein,
Distinguished 
Scholar‐in‐Residence,
 Politics

Jason
 Freitag,

Associate
 Professor,
 History

Chip 
Gagnon,

Associate
 Professor,
 Politics

Linda 
Gasser,
Assistant
 Professor, 
Management

Jennifer
 Germann,
Assistant
 Professor,
 Art
 History

Claire
 Gleitman,

Professor
 and
 Chair, 
English

Carla 
Golden,

Professor,
 Psychology

Belisa 
Gonzalez,

Assistant 
Professor, 
Sociology

Marlena 
Grzaslewicz,
Pendleton
 Chair,
 Cinema,
 Photography
 & 
Media
 Arts

Beth
 Harris,

Associate 
Professor,
 Politics

Christine
 Haase,
Administrative
 Assistant,
 Philosophy 
and
 Religion

Sandra 
L.
 Herndon,

Professor
 Emerita, 
Park 
School 
of
 Communications

Naeem 
Inayatullah,

Professor, 
Politics

Paula 
Ioanide,

Assistant
 Professor,
 Center
 for 
the 
Study 
of 
Culture, 
Race, 
and 
Ethnicity

Timothy 
Johnson,
Professor, 
Music 
Theory

Jennifer 
Jolly,

Associate 
Professor, 
Art 
History

Ron 
Jude,

Associate
 Professor,
 Cinema,
 Photography, 
& 
Media
 Arts

L. 
Leann 
Kanda,
Assistant 
Professor,
 Biology

Luke
 Keller,

Associate
 Professor 
and 
Chair,
 Physics

Tom
 Kerr, 

Associate 
Professor,
 Writing

Don 
Lifton,

Associate
 Professor,
 Management

Janice 
Levy,

Professor,
 Cinema,
 Photography 
& 
Media 
Arts

Granger
 Macy,

Associate
 Professor, 
Business

Michael 
Malpass,

Dana
 Professor, 
Anthropology

Catherine
 H. 
Michael,
Communications 
& 
Legal 
Studies 
Librarian

Jerry 
Mirskin,

Associate 
Professor ,
Writing

Barbara 
Morgenstern,
Associate 
Professor,
 Television 
and 
Radio

Stephen 
Mosher,
Professor, 
Sport 
Management 
and 
Media

Hormoz 
Movassaghi,

Professor,
 Finance
 and 
International 
Business

Nicholas 
Muellner,

Associate
 Professor,
 Cinema,
 Photography
 & 
Media 
Arts

Abraham
 Mulugetta,
Professor
 of 
Finance 
and 
International
 Business

Tom
 Nicholson,
Associate 
Professor,
 Media 
Arts,
 Science,
 and
 Studies

Elisabeth
 Nonas,
Associate
 Professor,
 Cinema,
 Photography,
 &
 Media 
Arts

Mary
 Beth 
O’Connor,
Assistant 
Professor,
 Writing

Shaianne
 Osterreich,
Associate 
Professor,
 Economics

Patricia
 Rodriguez,
Assistant
 Professor,
 Politics

Susan 
Rosenthal,
Associate
 Professor 
& 
Chair,
 Management

Gordon 
Rowland,

Professor,
 Strategic
 Communication

Gwen 
Seaquist,

Professor,
 Marketing 
and
 Law

Todd
 Schack,

Assistant 
Professor,
 Journalism

Cyndy
 Scheibe,
Associate
 Professor,
 Psychology

Thomas
 Shevory,

Professor,
 Politics

Arturo
 Sinclair,

Assistant 
Professor,
 Television
 and 
Radio

Steven
 Skopik,
Professor
 and 
Chair, 
Cinema,
 Photography & 
Media 
Arts

Peyi
 Soyinka‐Airewele,
Associate
 Professor, 
Politics


Chris 
Sperry,

Director
 of 
Curriculum
 and 
Staff 
Development, 
Project 
Look
Sharp

Maura 
Stephens,

Associate
 Director, 
Park
 Center 
for 
Independent
 Media,
 Journalism

Raj
 Subramaniam,

Professor,
Health 
Promotion 
and 
Physical 
Education

Thomas
 Swensen,

Professor
 and
 Chair, 
Exercise 
and 
Sport
 Science


Alicia
 Swords,

Associate
 Professor,
 Sociology

Michael
 Trotti,

Associate
 Professor,
 History

Jason
 Tucker,

Lecturer,
 Writing

David 
Turkon,
Associate 
Professor,
 Anthropology

Michael 
Twomey,

Charles
 A. 
Dana 
Professor
 of
 Humanities 
and 
Arts,
 English

Fahri 
Unsal,

Professor,
 Marketing
 and
 Law

Gladys
 Varona‐Lacey,
Professor,
 Modern
 Languages
 and 
Literatures

Rachel
 Wagner, 

Associate
 Professor,
 Philosophy 
and 
Religion

Zenon
 Wasyliw,

Professor, 
History
 Fred
 Wilcox,
 Associate
 Professor, 
Writing

Patricia 
Zimmermann,

Professor,
 Cinema, 
Photography
 & 
Media
 Arts

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