Mark Modesitt

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Mark Modesitt, CC '10, is a Political Science and Spanish major. He was president of the Class of 2010 Council for the 2006-07 academic year, but is more widely known for his involvement in a "hate speech" incident that took place in March 2007.

On Monday March 5th, 2007, a threat was written in permanent marker on the door of Modesitt's John Jay floor 8 single.[1] The threat read "Mark is racist, I'll kill you." Modesitt notified Public Safety, naming at least four first year students. Public Safety then launched an investigation, sending an email to each implicated student. One of the students under investigation is Joey Goldberg, CC '10, a class representative running on the GO ticket against Modesitt's Alma Mater Remix party in the CCSC elections. Goldberg claims not to have had anything to do with the death threat. The other students under investigation include Chris Duncan, CC '10, an opinion editor for the Columbia Spectator; Rita Morales, CC '10; and Chloe Faux, CC '10.

The residents of Modesitt's floor were made to attend a mandatory meeting about "hate speech", held by floor 8 Resident Adviser Alex Topkins. Modesitt's door was sanded down soon after the incident.

Some of the accused students have created a protest group on Facebook called "I'm Being Investigated by Mark Modesitt". The group was deleted sometime between Thursday March 8th or Friday March 9th. Other Columbia students have since created a new group called "Class of 2010 is a Disgrace".