Not guilty by association

Matt Portillo

Although I mostly agree with the sentiment of Katherine Taylor’s Thursday column “Scandals perpetuate apathy toward Student Government elections,” I was disappointed by her failure to indicate that, in the case of the Yaman Desai/Whitney Langston campaign disqualification, Langston’s hands are apparently clean.

Desai said she had no knowledge of the e-mail exchanges in question. Unfortunately, Taylor’s column suggests otherwise. Without providing any supporting argument, it hastily assumes that Langston was far more involved than she actually was. I doubt Langston appreciates this scarlet letter of guilt by association. Taylor is one of my favorite Texan columnists, and I know she’s capable of more careful fact-checking.

Matt Portillo
Music and rhetoric and writing senior