My top priority -- of course -- is to protect the young people who study here, our faculty and staff, and all the many thousands of concert visitors we have every year. But this mandate necessitates negotiating a way through a challenging Scylla and Charybdis of choices.
It's high time to deal with guns at least as effectively as we dealt with cigarettes. Taking away guns from legitimate owners is not realistic, but reducing gun violence through serious, effective regulation is an urgent imperative.
Few professional endeavors are more fraught with anxiety and danger than the work that makes us responsible for other people's children. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the latest scene of every educator's nightmare.
Campus tragedies in recent years have led to improvements in the resources, and training campus police, security and other emergency responders are afforded, but we owe them -- and the investment we make in education -- more.
Sexual violence diminishes the value of the more than $40 billion taxpayers invest in federal student aid for higher education every school year. Many women who are the victim of a completed or attempted rape interrupt or even end their education as a result.