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An open letter to Iowans (concerning the University of Northern Iowa) In an attempt to elicit good publicity, the University of Northern Iowa (hereafter referred to as UNI) held UNI day at the Iowa State Capitol. This open letter will refute their claims that UNI is beneficial to our state, and it will also inform people of: their horrendous misuse of funds, the university’s discrimination of certain protected people, and what the Iowa Board of Regents does to fix these issues. For a university to tout platitudes but not honor those promises, that is morally corrupt, and it is detrimental to anyone associated with said university. Is it not egregious in our society to be called a hypocrite? UNI asserts the following is true: No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, any educational program, or any activity of the University, on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or on any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.1 However, students are forced to purchase a meal plan if they live on campus: “All students who live in University of Northern Iowa residence halls must contract for a meal plan.”2 Yet, this policy forces protected people to purchase a meal plan that does not provide them with food in adherence to their religious beliefs: “Special menus to comply with dietary requirement of religious faiths or denominations are not provided.”3 It might not seem like an issue to those it does not affect, but religious bigotry should not be tolerated in our state or in our state universities. It is prejudicial to deny a person access t... ... middle of paper ... ...rd of Regents, “The Board’s nine members are citizen volunteers appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate to serve staggered six-year terms.” Of these nine members, one is none other than Senator Harkin’s wife. Claims of cronyism aside, these nine members oversee the budget of UNI, and 35% of the budget is from taxpayer dollars. What is the Board of Regents doing to make UNI improve? They are doing nothing. It is up to the taxpayers to let our politicians know that the Board of Regents and their politician supporters need to be held responsible for the failings of the Board of Regents. If you are not happy with UNI’s wasteful spending, then tell your representatives, senators, and the Board of Regent members. UNI is attempting to gain more funding, and it is up to the taxpayers to notify the politicians that wasteful spending will not be tolerated.

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