Inappropriate and Distasteful
The cartoon strip "ranDOMEland," authored by Xixi D'Moon '01, has managed to exude a broad range of responses in the few short days of its existence, from ennui to confusion to annoyance, but somehow, in its extraordinarily impressive lack of quality, has never quite managed to extract so much as a chuckle.
I can live with this. Sadly, I'm pretty used to chronically unfunny cartoons in The Tech. However, in the September 3 issue of The Tech, ranDOMEland crossed the line from stupid and banal to downright offensive. I seriously doubt that I have ever seen a more tasteless display of poor judgment in a newspaper that is regularly read by thousands of people.
To trivialize the death of Michele S. Micheletti '00 in such a rude, offensive manner causes me to wonder whether or not D'Moon has respect for anyone else on the campus, living or not. Can the readers of The Tech expect a wisecrack about Philip C. Gale '98 tomorrow? Scott S. Krueger '01? Umaer A. Basha '01?
It disturbs me not only that D'Moon has so little compassion as to voluntarily defame Michele's memory, but that The Tech has so little respect that it would actually print such dreck. My opinion of D'Moon has completely bottomed out, and my view of the integrity of The Tech has dropped significantly.
The freshmen may not quite realize the significance of that particular strip, but don't forget that there are 9,000 other students who do. As someone who never knew Micheletti, I can only imagine what her closest friends are thinking right now.
Francisco J. Delatorre '01