Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sackcloth and ashes, 2008 version 

From a campus email:

Associated Press reporter Pat Condon and a photographer spent a day last week on campus to develop an in-depth story on the bias-motivated vandalism and hate crimes experienced by St. Cloud State. The University helped with arrangements for one-on-one interviews with students, faculty, staff and members of the community and provided the reporter with contact information to facilitate telephone interviews. The reporting team also conducted random interviews with students and others across campus and in the community.

Associated Press expects to release the story this week, probably on Wednesday.

Not that we should bury it, but given the coverage we're getting, do you really want to encourage this? You wonder if the President is happy with the local paper referring to actions on campus "stirring fear"? And why do you continue to call it hate crimes when you still have not identified a suspect, let alone the suspect's motivation?