Prevent the firing of Anusar Farooqui

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To whom it may concern:

It is in total shock and complete dismay that we reach out to you in response to the firing of Anusar Farooqui. It is especially surprising to us because we found him to be open-minded, supportive, and generous of spirit. He spurred genuine inquisitiveness. If someone made a comment during section, he would push us forward and ask us more questions. He gave us plenty of feedback on our work, and he was clear about what and how we were expected to write. His help was immeasurable in preparing for the midterm. There is no doubt that his heart was in the right place the entire semester. He genuinely was working diligently in the students’ best interests. I feel that a few fringe opinions should not offset the positive impact that he has had on the students. In our opinion, he has been an asset to Columbia. Thank you for your time.

-Students of Ancient History of Mesopotamia and Asia Minor