The Letter Box
I wish to address some remarks made by
Class of 1987 alumna Mary C. Weingart
in the online version of this letters
column, accusing the faculty of pushing
their political point of view on the
students at TCNJ. I cannot speak for the
political science or literary professors,
but, as for the art department faculty, we
urge and guide our students to think
and develop their own points of view,
regardless of what those views are.
I developed the Patriot Act: The Home
Version game between 2003–04, a time
when I was not teaching at TCNJ. I
received brief press on the game in TCNJ
Magazine due to an Associated Press
article that came out in March 2006. I
never brought the game in to show my
students, nor did I discuss it in class. I
only exhibited the game at the faculty art
show the following semester, and when I
did participate in a political discussion on
campus, I did not advertise it to my
students. I teach my students how to
develop the skills to give voice to their own ideas, not to parrot my own. Ask
them, and they will tell you the same.
I think TCNJ students are smart
enough to distinguish between what is
expected of them in class and what a
professor publishes, creates, or,
especially, how he votes.
Michael Kabbash Assistant Professor of Art
I’m lucky enough to live for six months
each year at the Jersey Shore and six
months in the piney woods of Georgia.
I’ve just returned from New Jersey to
find my copy of the summer edition of
TCNJ Magazine waiting for me, along
with a lot of other mail that the postal
service had saved.
I was delighted to read this issue, for
it’s filled with a lot of wonderfully
written articles and great photos. I am so
happy to read it and to see the enormous
growth of my beloved alma mater.
Eileen Olsen Fancher ’49 School of Education
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