I was saddened to read comments by CU Spokesman Bronson Hilliard and CU Director for Student Success David Aragon in Monday’s article entitled “CU showing slow minority growth”. In response to CU Boulder’s low minority numbers when compared to various other secondary education institutions, Hilliard reportedly stated, “to compare the numbers of a high-quality research institution like CU to those of institutions of various calibers is like comparing apples to oranges … I just can’t do that.” This might suggest to some that because CU is a ‘high-quality’ institution it might have the right to be whiter than other ‘low-quality’ schools. Aragon seems to echo this sentiment when he attributes “low diversity to the high standards of CU and the demographic challenges provided by lack of minorities in the state.” Of course, there are many ethnic groups that are not well represented in Colorado, but according to the US Census Bureau (www.quickfacts.census.gov), 20.2% of the Colorado population consists of people of Hispanic or Latino origin compared with a national average of 15.4%. How can Aragon justify making such a comment while equating low diversity to high standards at the same time? CU has more Caucasian students than average because it has high standards and is a high-quality institution? I strongly disagree with this argument and think that it could easily be misinterpreted. I feel that both of these administrators are missing the point, setting up an unjustifiable defense for CU’s low minority statistics, and forgetting about one of the basic missions of a university. A university is supposed to be ‘universal’ in order to provide a unique, varied, well-rounded experience to its student body. With minorities lacking, this experience is compromised and this high-quality institution looses some of its essential value.