Volleyball feature a refreshing and inspirational

To the Daily:

The article Nothing Comes Easy featured in the Oct. 25
sports section, was truly one of the most refreshing pieces I have
read in my time here at the University. It is too often that
stories of sports superstars and heroes overshadow those athletes
who have worked hard and made a name for themselves through massive
amounts of determination and will. Stephanie Wright’s piece
highlighting the career of the Women’s Volleyball team
co-captain, Sarah Allen, serves as a great example of how
perseverance really does pay off. Allen’s story is one that
can inspire any individual whether or not she is an athlete. I
applaud the contribution of Wright’s article to the sports
section of the Daily.

Sarra Nazem

LSA senior


SAPAC clarifies meaning of banner in the Diag

To the Daily:

On behalf of the Networking, Publicity, and Activism student
group working with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center at this university, I would like to extend our apologies to
all who were offended by our banner, located previously in the
Diag, advertising our upcoming event “Speak Out.” It is
important to both myself and the volunteers who are committed to
the NPA program that the University at large understands that the
depiction of the silhouette on the banner was not intended to be
viewed as a caricature of the African and black community. Speak
Out is a safe forum for survivors of sexual violence to talk about
their experiences either openly or anonymously. The black
silhouette on the banner was to represent a person of an unknown
background as well as to represent a survivor in the shadows of
silence. The red lips were to symbolize the power a survivor has
when speaking out against sexual violence. In addition, the colors
of black and red are also synonymous with the Silent Witness
Exhibit, which uses silhouettes of domestic violence victims to
show both the fact that domestic violence can happen to anybody and
that we often are unaware of who experiences these crimes. The
concerns raised by the community will be remembered next year.

Jessica Carver

Lindsay Jolley

The letter writers are LSA seniors and co-coordinators for the
Networking, Publicity and Activism program at SAPAC


Letter writer exhibits logical fallacy in regards to

To the Daily:

Michael O’Brien’s recent letter to the editor
Columnist misses the trees yet still finds the forest
10/22/04 badly misstates the nature of the contrapositive and
distorts the realities of propositional logic. He claims that
“If life cannot begin without conception, the contrapositive
must be true” and deduces “either life, or the life
process, indisputably begins at conception.” To follow this
line of reasoning, we would find: Life cannot begin without the
presence of carbon, therefore either life, or the life process,
begins at the presence of carbon. However, a thorough inspection of
the bag of charcoal on my porch reveals a wealth of carbon, yet no
sign of “life or the life process.”

The indisputable contrapositive of “life cannot begin
without conception” is “conception is necessary for
life to begin.” Very little insight can be gained from this
observation and certainly nothing regarding sufficient conditions
for the beginning of life. The statement “The life process
indisputably begins at conception” is actually the converse
of the original statement. Claiming that because a certain
statement holds, so must its converse is a common fallacy,
sometimes known as the “fool’s implication.”

Ryan Kinser Rackham

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