Well, after hearing about Dr. John Leanos and his comments and displays about Cpl. Tillman, I went to ASU's website and found the President's email. I wrote a short note asking for an investigation, the professor' discipline, and to express my feelings about such disrespect. Here is the reply I got back today.
Thank you for your e-mail regarding Dr. John Leaños' recent public display of
anti-war posters featuring Cpl. Pat Tillman. In response, I am compelled to
state unequivocally that I personally found Dr. Leaños' decision to use Pat's
likeness and fictional first-person narrative as the vehicle for his message to
be offensive and insensitive to the Tillman family. Furthermore, I wish to
clarify that the ASU administration had no prior knowledge that the posters in
question were going to be created or displayed. In keeping with our
university's longstanding tradition of academic freedom and integrity, a
comprehensive administrative review of this matter has already been initiated.
As always, ASU continues to be enormously proud of its affiliation with Pat
Tillman. Pat's spirit, talent and noble sacrifice represent the very best of
ASU and we were fortunate to count him among our Sun Devil family. Since his
untimely passing, ASU has hosted a memorial service in Pat's honor, joined with
the Arizona Cardinals to create the Pat Tillman Memorial Scholarship in the W.P.
Carey School of Business, and will soon retire Pat's jersey (#42) at the
ASU/Washington State football game on November 13, 2004. ASU representatives
have also agreed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Pat Tillman Foundation.
As ideas are considered regarding the establishment of a permanent memorial, you
can be certain that ASU's respectful acknowledgement of his memory will continue
for many years to come.
Once again, I very much appreciate your direct communication on this issue and
your continued allegiance to Pat's legacy.
Michael M. Crow
Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2203
dupe, but worth review.
dupe of a dupe even...
Sorry, but who else wrote in? If you did, great, if you didn't, oh well.
Couple of threads running on it, I posted yesterday sometime -- everyone got the same reply, but at least we got replies!