As a member of the staff at Laurentian University's writing assistance centre, I would like to express my thanks for the Sept. 30 article written by Heidi Ulrichsen, headlined, Johnny and Janey can't read. It focused on the troubling state of literacy at the post-secondary level. With that said, while I found the article itself to be quite accurate, the caption below the picture accompanying the piece contained some misleading information.
Erin McGraw, described in the caption as a fourth year student seeking help with her essay, is in fact a fellow staff member at the writing centre. She has been serving the Laurentian community as both a writing assistant and a peer tutor over the past four years, and she has demonstrated exceptional dedication and competency in her role. She certainly deserves to be recognized for her hard work, and I fear that her contributions were somewhat undervalued by the caption. As a friend and a colleague, I felt a need to set the record straight.