Lack of Respect on Campus

by Fitzroy on April 21, 2011

University of Iowa Professor Ellen Lewin is offended that a student referred to her as “Ellen” rather than “Professor Lewin.”

“She referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted,” she wrote.

The deterioration of manners is much to be lamented.  I would have never called a professor by his first name.  As a child, I was taught not to call any adult by his first name.  So what changed?

Maybe this:

“F— you, Republicans” was professor Ellen Lewin’s response Monday to the recruiting pitch from UI College Republicans. She sent the email from her school account, drawing outrage from conservative students and one Republican lawmaker.

And it was at this point of the conversation that Natalie Ginty, 21-year-old student chairwoman of the College Republicans, had the temerity to use Ellen’s first name.  That works for me.  Ginty qualifies as an adult, if only barely, and Ellen qualifies as a spoiled child.

UI President Sally Mason responded to the incident Wednesday by condemning intolerant political speech.

I didn’t know “F— you” was political speech.  I’m hoping President Mason is so confused that she thinks “F— you, Republicans” is political speech.  Because otherwise it looks as though Sally is firmly backing Ellen’s childish vulgarity.


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Yale Cohn April 28, 2011 at 9-6:00 am

Here’s an interview with University of Iowa Professors Timothy Hagle and Kembrew McLeod, Matt Sowada, the conservative co-host of the political talk radio show American Reason on KRUI, and Rod Sullivan from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors about Professor Ellen Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the University of Iowa College Republicans campus-wide invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

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