Editor, Daily Nexus,

I’m a UCSB alumnus and have heard that the UCSB College Republicans have been trying to host a debate between Phyllis Schlafly and a professor of women’s studies, but despite several polite invitations and offers, all the professors in that department have refused their entreaties.

As the Women’s Studies Dept. has refused to participate in a debate, I would like to put my money where my mouth is and offer $750 to any UCSB faculty or staff member who debates Ms. Schlafly on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Engineering I lecture hall. Graduate students are also welcome to give it a shot.

The debate is intended to explore what feminism is and means to today’s women. It will be moderated and the questions prewritten, so each person has the opportunity to clearly and concisely express his or her ideas. There will also be a question-and-answer period so that the audience has the opportunity to participate.

If you are up to the challenge, please e-mail your Curriculum Vitae and contact information to .

This event has the opportunity to do what a university is supposed to do: explore different ideas and perspectives in an attempt to find truth. It is unfortunate that the most qualified and best of what UCSB has to offer is afraid to participate in the university’s mission.

Lastly, I would also invite the student body to attend the event, which is on Nov. 18. Everything starts at 7 p.m. in the Engineering I lecture hall.