Intellectually free

“Thunderbolt” belongs in the university libraries, not on Greek Row. In an academic community, the library has a responsibility to be a repository for material representing all viewpoints; even those which are racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, etc. Where else can students read, study and discuss this material while putting it in the context of our society?

True, education is learning to discriminate between viewpoints. The atmosphere in the community should be one of intellectual freedom, not censorship. The answer to a racist idea should be a liberated one. We can provide an environment for intellectual freedom and intellectual growth at NIU.

Carroll Varner

assistant professor