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October 18, 2000

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To the editor:

I must apologize for having misstated the number of full-time minority people at the School of Journalism. In my letter published Sept. 21, I stated that there were five minority faculty and staff at the beginning of the fall semester of 1997 and only three full-time minority faculty and staff remaining. As it turns out, one of the people I had counted as being full time in 1997 was not full time. Consequently, at the beginning of the fall semester of 1994, there were only four full-time minority people on the faculty and staff of the school. There was one part-time minority person.

One new full-time staff person started Oct. 11, so as of today, there are four full-time minority people on the faculty and staff. There is one part-time minority person.

On Sept. 21, when I stated that Dean James K. Gentry had reduced the number of minority people on the faculty and staff, I was correct. As of today, three years after he vowed to increase the diversity of the J-school, there are exactly the same number of full-time and part-time minority faculty and staff. And as things now stand, at the end of this academic year at least one of those minority people the only Asian American and the last remaining Hispanic on the J-School faculty and staff will be gone.

Mike Cuenca,

Lawrence.

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