This letter was written in reference to an article published on January 21, 2015. That article may be read here.
By Andriana Evangelista and Brigid Walkowski
After reading the recent article about the football tours in the Index, we are upset and feel that it is necessary for us to express our opinions.
As two students who have volunteered as tour guides numerous times, we never once have felt uncomfortable or unqualified. Not once have we ever felt that we were chosen to create an image of the school based on our race or appearance. We enjoy giving tours as a favor to our friends and as a favor to the school in hopes of enrolling future students.
We feel as if the article was blown out of proportion and the football program, as well as the coaches, was displayed in a negative manner, and it saddens us to know our friends on the football team feel attacked and are upset that their image is being affected.
We do not feel that the article was fair in making assumptions of diversity and looks when the football program chooses tour guides. The group of guides is less than ten girls, which is not even a notable fraction of the students on campus.
As juniors, we have never felt unqualified providing these tours because of our experience on the campus. We are given a sheet that guides us through what buildings to go to, and the coaches make sure to tell us important facts or information that we should mention on the tour. If one of the tour guides did not feel qualified or felt uncomfortable, they could have easily declined.
In response to the quote questioning why the football program chooses female tour guides, we feel it is necessary for everyone to understand that Coach Van Nickert always uses the same joke, “I brought these girls here because they’re better looking than we are.” He does this to lighten the mood and make the recruits and their families laugh. We are always thanked by each football coach for guiding the tours, and by no means is their intention to use “pretty” girls to lure in recruits.
We feel the school should support the football team and their recruiting process because, with the number of men on the team, it seems to be working.