Letters to the editor
Spanish deletion will ‘affect generations’
The decision to delete the major in Spanish and the major in French is disappointing, to say the least.
Unfortunately, this program-deletion lives up to certain stereotypes of midwesterners: ignorance of other cultures and intolerance for our postsecondary liberal-arts tradition.
Most importantly, beyond the global issues, the lack of majors in languages and literature will undoubtedly affect generations of learners at Pittsburg State University and members of the Pittsburg community for years to come.
Although I understand that our initial reactions may include anger, hurt, or rejection, I urge all of us to avoid these feelings (despite how hard it might be) as they will cloud our judgment and make us bitter.
Bitterness will only lead to negativity and our negative feelings will take away the essence of our very lives.
I can promise all of you that the determination to terminate the majors does not diminish my conviction to provide the best possible language instruction that I can.
Nor does it weaken the passion that I have for my field or my profession.
In fact, I can say without any doubt that any attack on my field or my profession pushes me to defend it and work harder than ever before.
As my students know, in our courses we strive to develop creative thinking skills. Creativity automatically implies that we look at every issue from different perspectives and multiple angles.
In other words, we can arrive at various conclusions from one question.
Therefore, I will be the first to admit that deleting the majors in French and Spanish is a complex matter.
I also acknowledge that I do not have all the answers.
That being said, if there are any students who would like to talk to me personally or use me as a sounding board, they should feel free to do so.
While it may seem like my office door is not always open (even if I am inside), my ears certainly are.
Grant Moss is an assistant professor of Spanish.
‘It set us back as a university
As many of you know and have heard, Spanish and French major programs have been terminated within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Obviously, this decision is one that does not seeem to quite connect all the dots. Spanish and French majors allow for students to compete and operate in the 21st century business world, and their termination set us all back as a university.
Myself, and the vice president know very little about this termination. We have heard only what concerned students have expressed to us. I have reached out to the head of that department and as of right now I have not received a reply. Be confident that I will look to gain more information and the answers to many of your questions that you have expressed.
That is why at tomorrow’s Student Government meeting, I will be announcing a special committee comprising of students and senators who will be charged with the tasks of answering the many questions we have heard. Many people have spent years in these programs, and to take it away without a chance to prepare is unfair.
Be rest assured that Student Govenrment is going to do the best it can to compile as many answers as possible and formulate a realistic plan as soon as possible.
Taylor Gravett is SGA president.