Attention all Blazers. This editorial is for you. This is for the 3,764 students and staff who picked up a copy of last week’s issue. This is for every member of the student body who scoffs at the errors and complains about the content to friends instead of to the staff. This is for our audience.
We try to keep our readers informed with stories covering campus crime, student health concerns, and political activism. We entertain you with restaurant, movie, and game reviews. We are desperately trying to include you. We want to engage you.
This year’s editorials have asked big questions. Questions that remain unanswered and unacknowledged. Does the freedom of speech give us the right to be offensive? Are we willing to sacrifice our ethical integrity for athletic success? What is the best way to approach sex ed? How can we translate a month of cancer awareness into a year of achievement?�
Come on. This is the age of electronics. Most of us can e-mail from our cell phones. Comments can be left on the webpage. Phone calls can be made to our office. Shoot, The Spectator is even on Facebook. Since communicating is as simple as punching some buttons, I am beginning to wonder: Have we become too apathetic to form opinions?
Perhaps the problem is the range of coverage. If The Spectator is not covering the issues and events that light your fire, kindly let us know what would. We are always hungry for story suggestions. This is a big campus, with a lot going on, so help direct our attention to what matters.
This newspaper is a forum, a medium through which you can express yourselves, challenge society, and generally raise hell. Take advantage while you still can. Because once you leave VSU, the press will not likely be falling all over itself to figure out what you need, like and want.
The Spectator motto is “Your News, Your Views.” While we do enjoy the rhyme, it’s not there for purely aesthetic purposes. Help us help you.
And please, keep in mind that we are essentially writing, designing, and publishing a small book each week. And we are students. Students just like you. Students that make mistakes just like you do. Instead of writing us to say “Ha!” when you spot an error in the paper, send us some suggestions for avoiding it in the future. Better yet, offer to come down and copy-edit some articles with us Wednesday afternoons.
This is the third-to-last issue of the year. Prove me wrong, shut me up. Send us your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, rants, raves, classifieds, whatever. Just let us know.
This editorial was written by Francesca Zagami (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it expresses the opinion of the entire editorial staff.