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Subject:No more drama, Rider :(
Time:01:23 pm
Well, sadly--it looks like Rider has been hit with two more deaths in the past few weeks, Nick Costa and Alicia Lehman.
Here are the Rider News links for the respective deaths that I found:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/heart-attack-takes-life/ (Alicia Lehman)
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/life-cut-short-after-hamilton-car-crash/ (Nick Costa)


And also about the recent bouts of racism that have hit Rider's campus:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/10/26/derogatory-facebook-message-prompts-reaction/
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/02/lawrenceville-sga-vice-president/


All I can say to you current students is, think positive and hope for the best. Or maybe there is nothing I could say. Maybe I shouldn't be so Pollyannaish, and granted, this kind of drama is bound to happen anywhere, even outside of a college campus, but Rider has had more of its share of negativity in the past year. It's like a curse has come on that campus since I graduated(5/05).
It's too much already....
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Time:2007-11-20 07:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, it seems like rider's been a magnet for tragedies and disasters since my senior year (fall 05 - spring 06). because, you know, having four students and a professor die over the span of one semester CLEARLY wasn't enough of a blow to my poor alma mater.

i read some horribly uneducated blog that addressed all the recent racist activity at rider. the blog entry (and we all know what viable sources of information THOSE are) was headlined something along the lines of "racism is alive and well at rider university" and essentially said that rider's a breeding ground for hatred. i was half-tempted to contact the woman who wrote the entry and, aside from pointing out that it's not like rider's the first college campus to be the victim of racism, tell her that such displays of hatred and intolerance are in no way indicative of the rider community values as a whole. but logic is lost on people who are determined to be all up-in-arms over things they don't understand, so i figured it wasn't worth the effort. you can't argue with stupid people, the same way you can't explain anything to people who are hell-bent on seeing only what they want to.

it's pretty aggravating to think that rider's getting kind of a rotten national reputation that's being fostered by the worst of what our college has to offer. never mind all the kids who are there on academic scholarships, who are working their asses off to graduate with as many honours as possible and the fact that it's consistently rated a top-tier school. or the numerous organisations on that campus that work to take care of the needy, promote tolerance and give back to the community.

and, because i'm not above tooting my own horn, how the rider news has won HOW many first-place regional awards, beating out certain ivy league school's student papers.

oh well.

Edited at 2007-11-21 08:41 am (UTC)
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