Indiana Daily Student

Riots blemish IU's long, rich tradition

I am writing this letter to express my concern about what took place on campus Sunday night. It seems ludicrous to me that people would go to such extremes of violence and damaging private property over a basketball coach. I know most people admire Coach Knight for what he has done for the University, but what these people seem to forget is that an institution such as Indiana University should be dedicated to education and not athletics. \nOver his coaching career Coach Knight did accomplish many wonderful things, but many times he disgraced the name of Indiana University by his comments and actions. It is a shame that his career ended this way, but like many people have said, he was given a chance and he failed to take advantage of it. I want to let the students know there is more to this University than basketball, and that those who took part in the riots of Sunday night should be ashamed of their actions. \nIf there is something to learn from all of this, it is that knocking over lamp posts, street signs and statues will not make things better for anyone. Violence is not the answer for anything. I hope people have a chance to reflect on what took place and are able to grow from this experience. \nI do wish Coach Knight the best of luck in his future endeavors, and I hope what took place on Sunday never takes place again in Bloomington. This is our school, and events such as this one can put a permanent blemish on our long, rich tradition.

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