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The news of the University of Tulsa's proposed changes has been devastating to everyone with whom I have talked — not students majoring in affected programs, but each person who loves Tulsa and loves what the university has done for our city.

To call the proposal "True Commitment" is Orwellian doublespeak.

It is intended to make us think of the first definition of commitment: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. We are supposed to think that TU is moving into a bold new future through its dedication to science, technology, engineering and math.

But "commitment" has a second meaning: an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.

By eliminating and reducing the programs that have made this small school in the middle of the country a nationally respected institution of higher learning, President Gerard Clancy is reducing it to nothing more than a trade school.

The freedom of thought inherent in liberal arts studies will be gone. Instead of challenging and encouraging students and faculty to think and continue to learn, TU will restrict itself to churning out graduates who can fit into technological fields.

If the studies are correct, half of the colleges and universities in our country will be gone in the next decade or so.

I believe Clancy has just sounded TU's death knell.

Stacey Craig, Tulsa

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