Opinion Page Editor Sean Kittridge (more people need to talk about how stellar the titles he comes up with for the Herald’s pieces are) announced the end of the Diversity Throwdown yesterday. So, I thought a tally on how many pieces were published for, against, and just relating to affirmative action on campus would be interesting.
A couple of things to note first. I focused my search mostly on the Herald, I only included Cardinal columns that came off the top of my head. Second, categorizing each piece is unfair and a vast oversimplification…but it makes for a good time.
Against: 6 (3 letters to the editor, 3 by columnists, none I could find after the declaration of Diversity War)
For: 10 (7 letters to the editor, 3 by columnists)
Calling for a re-framing of the debate: 7 ( 2 letters to editor, 5 by columnists, including 2 from Smathers)
In between: 3 (columns like Smathers asking people to write in etc.)
Again, this is by no means scientific. But, it should be a relatively accurate count.