In lieu of Oct. 13 events, I am writing this letter to say that, though I am embarrassed, I am still proud to be a Viking. I am proud, because I know that I belong to a university that thrives on non-traditional academic excellence. I am proud to know that many of my classmates are familiar with historical riots and their significant value to our country and many others.
However, I am embarrassed to know that others have little respect for students in other countries (Libya, Italy, Greece, Pakistan to name a few) who riot because their voices cannot be heard any other way by their unjust governing bodies. I am embarrassed that some students cannot appreciate the great loss that these other students and people must incur to fight for equality, education, freedom. I am embarrassed to know some students have forgotten that sensible riots brought them their right to assemble, and a lot of people died for it. I am even more embarrassed that my school has to be so ill represented under tonight's circumstances.
I am proud to be a Viking because we are taught here the value of education. We are taught the power of education, the power to educate others. We appreciate nonviolence, though it seems some of us forgot that tonight. Call upon yourselves, fellow Vikings, to clean up your mess, because we made a big.