Allow Alina Back on the Swim Team
We, the undersigned people, believe the decision to remove Alina Offerman from the Kalamazoo College Swim and Dive team was unjust. We petition to Jay Daniels and the Athletic Department of Kalamazoo College to allow Alina back on the swim team. This removal goes against what this team has been and is trying to improve upon: communication and inclusivity. The justification for the removal was vague and did not contain any concrete examples for why the removal was decided, except for a remark made by the removed person about their sexuality. As well, little was done to facilitate conversations between involved athletes and coaches before the removal was decided. Because of this, all athletes, though especially the removed athlete, were blindsided by the intensity of the punishment and are still left confused about the justification for the removal. For these reasons, we believe that Alina was unfairly removed and deserves to be back on the team.