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2 issues, 2 responses  from UMass leaders

To the editor:

I am struck by how the University of Massachusetts administration responded to two different issues, both of which deal with the safety of our students.

The UMass administration has acted wisely by cancelling concerts where there is a likelihood of the presence of the drug known as Molly and the possibility that one of our students would be hurt or killed, as has happened elsewhere. The real risk of injury or death was enough to get the university to cancel the concerts. I fully agree.

But then we are treated to the disgusting video showing our students participating in what appears to me to be a football hazing ritual organized by the coach, and an article in which former students are quoted as saying that former and current students have been injured in these so called “training” exercises.

The administration’s answer to these real injuries? Send it to the athletic committee to “investigate.” Could the difference be that we have now committed millions of dollars to football and we have invested our reputation in the success of the football program?

Max Page

Amherst

The writer is a professor of architecture and history at UMass.

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