Letter to the Editor: Student in photo objects to caption
Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 13:04
To whom it may concern:
My name is Mysti-Dawn Casias. I am a full-time student at the University of Colorado, a part-time student employee, scholar, and a mother of three.
I am writing to express my concern for the offensive caption that was beneath my photograph in a recent article published in the April 6th edition of the Advocate. Not only was it dishonest, it was also extremely distasteful.
The article itself did a good job of disclosing some of the services provided to students by the Scholarship Resource Office. However, the article in its entirety was quickly reduced to nothing more than a repugnant tabloid as a result of someone's disgusting sense of humor.
As a student, I am appalled by the fact that this type of thing could even happen within higher education. To add insult to injury, I am even more frustrated by the fact that part of the student fees that I have paid, were used to publicly humiliate me within the community in which my main purpose is to excel.
As a student employee who works very diligently to provide fellow students with resources, guidance, and support, I am furious that anyone would find humor in potentially tarnishing the credibility or work ethic of any individual or organization that is genuinely concerned with the success of the University's students.
As a scholar I have never been so embarrassed by someone else's poor decision making. I don't believe the donors of the scholarships I personally receive would find any type of entertainment in the caption. I can say with confidence that this poor display of freedom of speech may not be so free after all. It is possible that an unintended consequence of this action might cause current donors to re-evaluate providing additional scholarship opportunities, as well as prevent new donors from giving.
Lastly, as I mentioned, I am a mother of three children. My oldest is sixteen and she also attends the University of Colorado's CU Succeed Pre-collegiate Program. Imagine the humiliation she is now subject to as a result of someone else's inconsiderate actions.