Its Never Too Late to Apologize

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Being in love means never having to say you’re sorry, sure. But being President of a prominent university—or country— means having to say it, and say it often.

In response to this week’s squash bagel debacle, Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim apologized to University President Drew Gilpin Faust on Tuesday at an Ivy League Presidents’ meeting in New York. He also promises to apologize to Harvard squash player, Franklin Cohen, and his parents, according to the Associated Press.

“While we encourage students to vigorously support our athletes, we expect them to do so in a way that reflects our pride in those teams, not disrespect for others,'' wrote Kim, Dartmouth's Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears and the Acting Athletic Director Bob Ceplikas in an e-mail sent Tuesday to students, faculty, and staff.

We understand, based on our brief experience at seedy sports bars and after previous controversies at elite universities, that women and sports are touchy subjects. But food items? We at FlyBy are much too gluttonously in love with nomnoms to understand that.

HUDS will be serving bagels at breakfast all week (like they do every week), and squash for lunch on Saturday (as they do several days every week). Maybe HUDS isn’t intentionally showing support by providing us with the related food items. But that shouldn’t stop you from justifying that extra dollop of cream cheese and that additional piece of satisfyingly stringy spring summer squash. It certainly won’t stop us.

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