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UPDATE 9/21/2010 3:00 p.m.: Sources tell us that Qureshi is not only part of the debate team leadership with Sgammato, but also Sgammato's roommate. Sgammato is the president of the debate team.
From: Omar Qureshi
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 22:36:16
Subject: [Debate] Concerning the News-Letter
I am emailing concerning a recent News-Letter article that was published in the opinions section, to which I am the editor. The content of the article was extremely unfortunate, and its intention as a satire piece failed completely. I, alongside all of the editors of The News-Letter, should have demonstrated better judgment. To make matters worse, our very own Greg Sgammato wrote the article. Unfortunately, this has led many of our team members to feel insecure or unsure about the nature of equality and acceptance on our team.
Greg’s article was intended for humor, not as a statement of his true feelings. The article was a poorly conceived satire. What has been most hurtful for me, personally, is that my friends and those closest to me now think of me as a bad person. I will not attempt to claim that I am not. I just want to say that everyone on the debate team is held in the highest regard. And if anyone feels unsure about whether or not they want to be a part of this team on the basis of the article in question, I urge them to reconsider. The team is and always will be a group of progressively minded intellectuals committed to excellence in speech and debate.
I have spent the bulk of the day along with all the editors of the newspaper apologizing for allowing this article to be published. I will only be able to sway a few. But, to the people who matter most to me and the rest of the board, I am committed to demonstrating to you that you should feel comfortable on the debate team. An article in The News-Letter is not reflective of the culture of debate. I would like to spend some one on one time with all of you if possible.
I encourage you to email me your concerns anonymously or transparently. I am more than willing to speak with any of you on the phone about this issue at any time. In the interest of open dialogue, I will be on [redacted] from 5-7 and 9 to 10 tomorrow. Please come talk to me about any of your concerns. I consider this team to be a family. We will certainly go through good times and bad times. I only hope we can recover from this bad time stronger than ever.