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Differing perception of speaker’s Darfur presentation

I am writing in response to the article titled “Speaker insensitive in Darfur presentation” by Madelaine Anderson.

I completely disagree with the remarks Madelaine made about Susan’s work and goals in helping Darfur. This woman has dedicated her life to helping Darfurian women and families and is in no way, shape or form trying to exoticize the situation or people of Darfur. I feel that Madelaine did not properly understand what Susan’s mission is because I know for a fact that Susan spends every day working to educate and help these people. She was simply coming in to Mills to help spread the message, to give us a sense of what these people experience everyday; to put faces on this country we hear about day after day.

What I will say is that maybe she came in on a bad day because she had just returned from a trip to Darfur and seemed pretty devastated about the direction things are going there and because she is disturbed by the overwhelming hurt and pain that these people continue to face. Susan is human and is allowed to feel pain and express it, and I think that is what she was doing that day.

And what I would like to know is what have you done for the people of Darfur today, or at all? So many people are uninformed or misinformed on the horrid day-to-day lives of these women and people and I was disappointed that there were not more people attending this event and I am sorry that you got this incorrect impression of Susan. Maybe next time you can ask her questions to hear more about her work and dedication before you assume that she was being selfish and degrading Darfur people.

Because what she’s really doing is giving these people a voice, a path, a sense of hope for the future.

-Ari Lloyd, senior

Former employee wants to thank the Mills community

I would like to thank the Mills Community for the opportunity to serve as your Tea Shop Manager over the past year. The decision to outsource the dining services was not supported by the dining staff. And, yes, I did apply for a position with Bon Appetit and was happy that I was not hired by them. I am know working in San Rafael for Follett Higher Education Group running Dominican University’s bookstore.

-Steven Deresh

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This summer, I have experienced an overwhelming effect of violence and crime seemingly “around” me. I would like to find solutions!!! I would like to see interviews with those who are currently providing measured solutions to the issues of crime and violence (local and abroad). This as a means to provide hope to what seems to be a hopeless situation.

The weekend we lost Tumi, I was feeling the despair prior to being informed of her death. Chauncey Bailey’s death affected me, and of the eight murders in Oakland that weekend, I personally knew three-one a cousin which was totally a shock, Chauncey Bailey which was a major shock, and a friend’s boyfriend who had just moved to Oakland from Oregon.

That’s not much in elaboration, but just to give you the gist of my advocacy against violence. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

LeJeana Reagan, junior

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Frankly, I have always wondered why Mills does not provide shade structures for assemblies on Toyon Meadow. This is my senior year, and I was looking forward to this Opening Ceremony in particular, as it would be my last, but the idea of sitting out there in direct sunlight in that heat for two hours was simply too much. I saw the rest of the class of ’08 heading to the folding chairs-and I walked away and went home instead.

It would be easy enough to set up canopies over the seating area. Outdoor events would still be beautiful, but the comfort level of those seated would be much improved.

Janna Denig, senior

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Hi! I did see something weird this summer. Once a week, I would commute an hour to my internship in Oakland (I lived in Napa over the summer) and on my drive back one day, I saw something moving around in the back of a truck also on the freeway. So I drove closer to get a good look-it seemed to be a very large animal-and as I got closer, I saw that it was a CAMEL in the back of a pickup truck, waving its head back and forth.

Everyone was slowing down to get a good look at the camel. It was very strange, and I have no idea where the camel truck was headed.

Lily Ann Page, senior

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Hello Mills Community,

As we gather together to remember our sister Tumi, let us not take for granted the time that we have together. Let this tragic loss foster renewed friendships, and support for one another. I also hope that through this experience the Mills community will resolve to make fighting against all forms of violence against women a priority in our community.

Daphina Marshall-Fuller,
Class of 2006 graduate