UPDATED: October 16, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.
In The Harvard Voice's first individually-attributed blog post since last spring, co-president and co-editor-in-chief of the publication April A. Sperry '13 posted "A Response to the '5 People' Situation" on Monday night, apologizing "to anyone who was offended or in any manner hurt by the comments about Asians in the recruiting process."
Below is an excerpt from Sperry's response:
"As was mentioned in the article's note from the editors, the post in question is not and never was endorsed by the organization as a whole. The Voice staff did not collaborate to conceptualize or write this article. It was written by one contributor who has asked to remain anonymous. The article was sent to one staff member who published it and mistakenly attributed it to the staff as a whole. Do we all agree with the opinions and insinuations reflected in the article? No."
Sperry ended her note by writing: "It's there, it's in the open, and there's not a whole lot more we can do about it at this point. We've made mistakes and we're doing our best to deal with the consequences."
We at Flyby sincerely hope that the Voice remembers to attribute the next "extremely controversial" (read: racist and inappropriate) piece it publishes to a specific writer, lest the world at large keep spreading the unfortunate rumor that we've all lost it.
The comments section on the now-infamous (and radically revised) "5 People" post has been re-opened. Not that they need your feedback—the lesson, Sperry wrote, has been "well learned."