CONTACT: ANN RHODES
307 E College
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 20, 2000
UI Vice President Rhodes apologizes for comment at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ann Rhodes, University of Iowa
vice president for university relations, apologized this afternoon for a comment
she made at an earlier news briefing to announce the arrest of a person in
connection with racist e-mails and a bomb threat at the UI College of Dentistry.
During the news briefing, when asked by a reporter
if she was surprised that the person arrested was an African-American female
student in the College of Dentistry, Rhodes jokingly replied, "I figured it
was going to be a white guy between 25 and 55 because they're the root of
most evil ... but what do I know?"
"I'm very sorry for what I said," Rhodes said later.
"It was a poor attempt at humor. I certainly do not literally believe that
because it just reinforces the kinds of stereotypes we have been working to
dispel. It was inappropriate to joke about such a sensitive issue. I apologize."