volume 38, number 5
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

Letters to the Editor

Maurice Wright, Boyer College of Music and Dance

April 15, 2008

Dear Professor Gordon,


I write to thank you for printing articles and correspondence regarding the university’s refusal of a gift to endow a chair in Islamic studies. I was first puzzled and then disturbed by Professor Sloan’s letter criticizing the Herald’s coverage. As I recall, you issued an open call for brief articles, and published the ones you received.


What Professor Sloan may have experienced is not bias on the part of the Herald, but unanimity of opinion among the faculty. I hope the Herald will not be cowed into soliciting opposing points of view to counter majority opinions.


According to the minutes of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, Professor Sloan repeated her criticism on February 19:


7. New Business:

Sloan expressed her belief that the Faculty Herald's editorial position with regard to the issue of the endowed chair in Islamic Studies was not unbiased.  Since the Herald is a creature of the Senate, we should be taking an interest in this.


I would urge Dr. Sloan to offer proof of the alleged bias, or else to apologize to the editor of the Herald.




Maurice Wright

Boyer College of Music and Dance