the Good News...
I enjoy U. Magazine, because it deals with many issues that college students have to face. The web page is great, and the polls are really fun to answer.
Nick Anderson, senior, U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nick: You are obviously a brilliant student with an eye for talent.
Then the Bad...
Please stop publishing U. Magazine. It is positively the most deranged, infantile assortment of tripe to ever get stapled together, and, without a doubt, it's the most poorly arranged and thinly veiled corporate ad sheet I have ever had the displeasure of reading. The first time I read it, I thought it was a joke. I honestly think that whomever writes the articles and editorials in this vile arrangement of marzipan must be at least mildly retarded. Furthermore, the abortive stabs at actual reporting come across as something between the inane scribblings of a five-year-old with a methamphetamine habit and the maniacal ramblings of a lunatic who e-mails the editor when he's not yelling at the sidewalk. Finally, your obsequious pandering to the capitalist regimes is absolutely degrading. In closing, I would like to reiterate my ardent admonition that you set fire to whatever hell you've been working on for the next issue, sack you entire staff, and go live in a cave in Northern Canada. This at least will save the rest of us from your magazine's vapid drivel.
Clayton Sturges, junior, U. of Iowa
Clayton: Corporate ad sheet? Huh? Name one magazine you read that doesn't sell ads. Sorry we don't have time to respond to your other complaints, we must get back to obsequious pandering to capitalist regimes, and then we've got to start packing for that cave in Canada.
It shocked me to notice that on your cover ["The Brainy Bunch," Fall 1998], no women were included in your portrayal of "computer geeks." Plenty of women are into computers, and the fact that you completely excluded them is very short-sighted.
Ellen Rubin, senior, George Mason U.
Ellen: We searched high and low for a woman who started her own tech company while in college and is now making millions and couldn't come up with one. If you can, please let us know about her.
In Defense of Compton
I am totally offended by the Quickies art ["Boyz with a 3-wood," Fall 1998]. There are two golfers, one appears to be Asian and the other is clearly African-American. To top it off, the story is about gangs! Every single piece of art or photograph in the issue is of a white person. Is the art director a member of the KKK? It's a shame in 1998 people still have the same racists ideas about people of color. Also, what are you trying to say about Compton? I know many people from Compton, and they are not gang bangers. In future issues, please think about your graphics before they go into your magazine.
Allegra N. Battle, junior, Howard U.
Allegra: Let's get a few things straight the golfer isn't Asian, he's white, and no, our art director is not a member of the KKK. We don't know how you missed them, but there were 13 people of color featured in photos in the Fall 1998 issue, and none of those stories had to do with gangs. And by the way, we ask every writer, photographer and illustrator who works for us to include minorities in their work.
In your story about Varsitybooks.com ["Virtual Bargain," Fall 1998], you failed to mention the way Varsitybooks.com gets their book lists. They use the Freedom of Information Act to force bookstores to turn over their information without having to contact any teachers themselves. They are using the college bookstores as their running dogs. Another aspect ignored by your article was student employees. Bookstores employ a number of student employees, but Varsitybooks.com doesn't employ any students. Also, in reference to the long lines at bookstores, many college bookstores have a pre-order system that allows students to have their books set aside for pick-up at the beginning of the semester. It cuts time in the bookstore down to five or 10 minutes. And the traditional complaint about the price of textbooks can be linked to the publisher, not the bookstores. I wish the article had covered more information about comparisons between the online site and traditional college bookstores.
Scott Reed, senior, Kansas State U.
Scott: We have a sneaking suspicion that you own stock in your campus bookstore.
Just wanted to let you know about a small slip-up in the "Reel" section of your fall issue Ewan McGregor does not play the Brian Slade character in Velvet Goldmine. He actually plays Curt Wild and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays Slade. Other than that, I have no complaints. Keep up the good work.
Kylene McCabe, sophomore, Ithaca College
Kylene: Thanks for the tip.
Alright, a bunch of you swear that the urban legend ["Urban Legends," Fall 1998] about the prof who asked one question, "Why?", on the final exam is gospel truth. According to a second-hand source.