Watching the Carnegie Mellon University art student leave court the other day ("2 CMU Students Who Marched Nude Reach Deal to Have Charges Dropped," June 11), I was disappointed to see that she did not appear before the judge in the pope costume that she wore in the spring carnival parade on campus. I thought she would want to show the court what, in her opinion, was appropriate attire in public.
As a CMU alumna, I was offended by the way she embarrassed the school. I also felt that the two emails sent out by President Jared Cohen danced around the issues, trying to explain why the university would take no action against the student. In reality, he was just trying to do enough damage control to keep alumni donations coming in. CMU is not obligated to accept every student who applies, and likewise, should not be obligated to keep students when their behavior and values do not live up to university standards.
It is unfortunate that the court chose not to hold the student responsible for her offensive and irresponsible behavior. Seriously, community service of her choice? The only lesson learned here was that she got away with her little prank and the smirk she wore leaving court showed that she knew it.