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A Message From President Shirley M. Collado

Contributed by Robert Wagner on 08/04/19 

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I stand in solidarity with the communities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in mourning the devastating loss of life this weekend as our country reels once again in the wake of two more atrocious acts of gun violence

I am heartsick and angry that lives and families continue to be destroyed as mass shootings intersect with the divisive political issues shaping our national and international landscape. This must stop. Leaders in the public sector, business, and education must pull together quickly and intentionally to promote initiatives that support humane and sensible gun use legislation while encouraging us to embrace our shared humanity and our freedom to live as we see fit as a member of productive, respectful communities.

Ithaca College is a private institution that serves a public good, and all of us must commit to being responsibly involved in our local and global communities and in one another’s lives. Please keep El Paso and Dayton in your thoughts and prayers as those strong communities begin their respective healing processes.

Shirley M. Collado, President

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The Message From President Collado Is Too Weak! Comment from mstephens on 08/05/19
Dear President Collado and IC Community Members,

This presidential message is too weak. By far.

If as a campus-and-beyond community we truly believe in our institution’s
mission and in being humane stewards of the only planet we share, we
need to stop pussyfooting around the critical issues we face as human
beings.

Mass murders by guns proliferate because our society exalts and
celebrates violence. Some of the classes taught at Ithaca College do the
same. We should examine our own role in the proliferation of such terror.

As a very basic starting point: Our college, and by extension its greatest
spokesperson, President Collado, should be loud and clear in our
insistence on public policy that criminalizes and outlaws the use of
automatic weapons. And there is much to discuss further.

But for starters, Dear President Collado, please stop “couching” things in
terms you think are palatable to gun-loving parents and potential donors.
Ithaca College should not need blood money to remain fiscally solvent—
and if it does, methinks it is time to rethink the vision, mission, and long-
term plan.