Stuff sends wrong message?
am a staff member at the Regenstein Library, and
was flipping through your magazine for the first time
when an advertisement caught my eye. It is for "The Right Stuff"
dating service and the advertisement's first line reads, "Date
someone who knows that Kofi Annan is not a decaffeinated brew."
The ad then suggests that one use the dating service to meet people
from 12 Ivy League and just-under Ivy League schools. While not
a graduate from any of those schools, I am college educated and
very much aware of Kofi Annan and his position--and found the
ad unbelievably offensive.
implication cannot be more clear: people who did not attend one
of the schools listed are ignorant. How can you allow such ridiculous,
mean-spirited arrogance and snobbery in your magazine? Is this
the way you really feel about the relative greatness of this school--that
its students are of a higher class than the great majority of
the people in this country? This school (as I have realized over
two years of dating my boyfriend, a student here) already has
problems with unjustified arrogance and being overly class-conscious.
behalf of all the brilliant, motivated, creative students and
college graduates who didn't have the money or even the desire
to attend an Ivy League school, I demand that you discontinue
advertising with this disgusting company.