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Dallas Observer includes an impressive example of "How to Write Prejudiced 'News' Articles" ["Fast Times at UTA," January 12]. I have never seen, even in the Observer, a more one-sided view of any issue.

But the clues are there, even between the lines. A man comes to take over leadership of a good university, whose previous president held the post over two decades, and many of whose administrators have been in their positions for 20 years or more, and begins to make changes and improvements as promised before his hiring.

Surprise! Those 20-year deans don't like being asked to step aside. Surprise! Those vice presidents who've held their posts since the Nixon administration are bitter about changes to the structure and policies. Surprise! It takes more than two years to increase fund-raising and enrollment. Surprise! The man makes a couple of miscalculations. Surprise! The Observer is able to find bitter faculty and paranoid students to quote for its smear.

I have spoken with President Amacher personally on these matters. He has come to UTA with a clear, publicly stated agenda, and proceeded to pursue it energetically. If the Dallas Observer's biggest objection is that too much has been spent on renovations, then its staff should enroll here. I say more renovation money is needed; much, much more. If none was spent under President Nedderman, then succeeding administrations should make up for that. If enrollment was falling under Nedderman (a fact not reported in your article--leaving the implication that falling enrollment is due to Amacher's policies), then it should be expected that enrollment would not immediately turn around under Amacher. He has been honest and straightforward in his dealings, far more open than other universities' presidents.

Rebecca Sherman's article is filled with innuendo, distortion, and incomplete reporting. It clearly demonstrates the result of a reporter writing from a severely biased point of view.

Paul T. Mitchell
Arlington

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Some here at UTA have been trying to get "the world" to pay attention to what is happening on this campus for a long time. This article by Rebecca Sherman certainly spells it out for all to see.

Let's just hope that the people who need to read it do so...the students, the regents of the UT system, our elected officials, and all the citizens of Texas.

However, reading the article may be difficult for those actually on campus, because all copies there seem to have mysteriously disappeared from the Observer stands. And it couldn't be the students, since classes don't begin until Tuesday!

Please stay tuned and have Sherman write a follow-up article. The students of UTA truly appreciate your bringing to light what should have never occurred.

Ann Boyd
Arlington

I am an over-40 student attending UTA, and I was appalled by Rebecca Sherman's "yellow journalistic" article about President Ryan Amacher. Sherman stated, "It was the second time in the last three months that pranksters had padlocked the president inside his own property." Puh-leeze, Ms. Sherman--that's vandalism to me. It's not just a prank! College is supposed to prepare individuals scholastically as responsible adults, and the family is supposed to instill decent values and maturity in the students before they enter college.

The whole article sounded like a crybaby stick-your-nose-in-Amacher's-business approach to scholastics. I'm tired of whiners. So what if Amacher has lavish parties. To me, UTA is a decent, well-run college, and I feel my tuition is money well-spent at this university.

Students, hear this: quit griping and start studying.
B. Ann Boyea
Rowlett

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, in the January 12 story on University of Texas at Arlington's President Ryan Amacher, the university's athletic affiliation was misidentified. The correct affiliation is the Southland Conference.

Due to a reporter's error, in last week's Buzz, we identified the best-seller Hot Zone as a novel. It is nonfiction.

 
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