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All the mathematicians at UW signed a letter complaining about how bad the incoming students are. It was published in the newspaper.

This one turned up on a phone-in talk show, and the caller drew various interesting conclusions from it. Such a letter was indeed published, with signatures from many UW faculty members in the sciences. On the other hand, only a handful of people from any of the mathematical sciences departments (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science) signed it. Although many are conscious of the problems described in the letter, since both the causes and the solutions are extremely complex most refrained from adding their voices to the negative refrain.


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