P. H. Cordner

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Prosaic University

In Commentary, Current Affairs on March 9, 2010 at 12:17

The following is a letter I sent to the Exponent, February 10, 2010. It was rejected for being too long, and I never got around to shortening it to 300 words for publication while the iron was hot.

Mentioning Purdue in the same sentence as Arizona State is a
serious shot across the bow. However, university administrators must admit
that Peter Schrag has a point worth contemplating, and not just spout ad
hominems about how he “didn’t do his research.”

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Exponent Archives: Guns on Campus, 2008

In Commentary, Current Affairs on March 9, 2010 at 12:16

The following was published in the Purdue Exponent, February 27, 2008 It was the final letter published before the 10 letter issue cutoff on concealed firearms on campus.

Imagine this scenario: You’re in a packed lecture, being bored as usual, staring off at that cute girl 3 rows down. All of a sudden a dark figure appears in the doorway.

It’s an “active shooter,” with an arsenal rivaling that of an infantryman. Probably some liberal against freedom or something. He forgot something, though. That bulge in your pants isn’t from staring at the cute girl 3 rows down, it’s from your fully loaded .357 Colt Anaconda. “Text messages don’t stop bullets, I DO!” you yell, as you brandish your sizable firearm.

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