Replies to President's Email

Some replies to email statement President Rudenstine sent out to all Harvard students today (4/26). If you respond, feel free to cc your email to

Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 02:32:34 -0400 (EDT) From: Stephen Bailey To: Office of the President Subject: Re: Facts and fallacies about employment at Harvard Hello. While I appreciate hearing about the administration's view on the current living wage controversy, it seems that the appropriate forum to express such views would be public discussions with the living wage campaign, not spam emails to the entire university community. I encourage you to enter into public discourse with the living wage campaign so that both sides can directly discuss the issues at hand rather than simply releasing statements that the other side is wrong. From your emails, it sounds like Harvard is already very close to providing a living wage for all its workers. Great. I hope that you will work to rectify the situation for the remaining workers who have been excluded. The fact that Harvard pays a living wage to most of its workers is not an excuse for failing to pay sufficient wages to some of its workers, regardless of how small that group may be. The recent protest rallies have demonstrated broad support for a living wage at Harvard. Additionally, several groups have released statements of support for a living wage while specifically opposing the sit-in. In light of the broad support for a living wage and the administration's claim that most workers receive this already, any reticence toward bringing full wage justice to all Harvard workers is deplorable. Sincerely, Stephen Bailey GSAS Physics 2001
Hello, Please don't send me unsolicited e-mails--you paid to have this put in the crimson, you don't need to abuse your exclusive access to the university e-mail list to flood us with it. I should hope that you will provide the other side of this issue with a similar opportunity to send an e-mail to the entire FAS community. If not, this smacks of a propaganda campaign waged by the ruling party... Sincerely, Todd Squires
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 18:12:39 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: Message from the President Dear Mr. Wrinn, I was not aware that individuals were permitted to send mass e-mails to every member of the Harvard community. This seems like an abuse of the power awarded to the administration. It also represents a channel of communication not available to PSLM - the ability to e-mail every student on campus with a letter of concern. In the future, I would not like to receive unsolicited mail from the office of the President (especially not with a letter that I had the *privilege* of reading in the Crimson earlier in the week). If the administration abuses its power with regard to the information students receive, what is there to lead us to believe that it will not abuse its power in debates with students, workers and faculty over the living wage? Claudia Sitgraves Harvard College '02
    Date:  Thu, 26 Apr 2001 18:19:40 -0400 (EDT) 
 Subject:  Message from the President 

 Dear Mr. Wrinn,

 I would like to ask that you refrain from sending me unsolicited mass
 emails in the future.  I believe that sending such emails is a violation
 of university policy.  Perhaps, like the Living Wage Campaign itself, you
 could go about gathering a list of people who would actually like to read
 your messages.  I suppose there's someone out there who enjoys re-reading
 letters printed in the Crimson.  Or perhaps you could stick to your former
 policy of buying space in student publications.  I believe the university
 has sufficient resources for that.

 David Kornhaber

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 20:22:50 -0400 (EDT) To: Office of the President Subject: Re: Message from the President Dear Sir, Over the last week or so it has become my job to publish a response to the lies in this statement, as in other administrative statements. I could repeat those responses here, as perhaps you have, in repeating the lies so often, come to believe in them yourself. But I will assume that you do know the truth. All that is then left to say is that I find your statement arrogant and insulting. It is insulting towards the students in the living wage campaign, to the workers and unions of this university, and to the hundreds of Harvard community members who are pursuing truth, justice and accountability. Sincerely, Liz Foster
To: Office of the President Subject: Re: Message from the President why am i getting this? i saw it in the crimson, and i didn't think that it was a sincere or meaningful statement there, either. i firmly support a living wage, and for harvard, with its reputation for union busting, to suggest that it is being coerced in the present situation is doublespeak in its most repellent form. sincerely, brady richards ps. i think it's also a little disingenuous of the college to send out mass emails of questionable mass appeal when they threaten administrative action against students who do the same (see the handbook for students).
Mr. Wrinn, I am writing in reference to your email of Thursday, 4/26 4:01 PM that forwarded the University President's statement to students and faculty at many Harvard schools: May I point your attention to the "Standards of Conduct for the Harvard Community" section of the FAS Handbook for Students, specifically to the paragraph on "Electronic Communication" -- "Messages ... should not be sent as chain letters or "broadcast" indiscriminately to large numbers of individuals. This prohibition includes unauthorized mass electronic mailings. For example, e-mail on a given topic that is sent to large numbers of recipients should in general be directed only to those who have indicated a willingness to receive such e-mail." I sincerely doubt that you can justifiably argue that all members of the Harvard community had indicated a willingness to you to receive your email, and I suggest that in the future you refrain from breaching the Standards of Conduct established by your fellow administrators. Regards, Brian
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 16:55:33 -0400 To: Office of the President Subject: LIARS Having emailed previously asking for information toward the beginning of the sit-in, and having been granted that request, I now realize that the university is distorting its own information gathered in the ad hoc committee's report as long as it possibly can. The students no longer believe you. The faculty no longer believe you. The community has never believed you. I used to have faith in this university. You have taken that faith away from me through your blatant lies to the students here and to the media in an attempt to get a good press release. Good Riddance, President Rudenstine, and SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Krych, Class of 2003