Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Kids today, I worry

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

-Thomas Jefferson

"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success."

-Malcom X

I worry about the kids.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't worry too much. Newspapers are old media anyway.

My guess is that some enterprising SLU undergrads will start an unofficial news website where they have 100% free speech and no oversite or budget concerns.

News has moved past 'paper' anyway.

The kids are alright.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Diana Benanti said...

The kids are not alright. Forgive me for being childish, but it just isn't fair.

We were promised assistance from the administration. Julius Hunter, Kent Porterfield and Provost Weixlmann sat down with the entire editorial board in January and said that we would be given more support from the administration; by way of a new, official adviser, a practicum within the Communication Department, new furniture, and seminars with area journalists.

All we got were some used desks, an audit ambush, and accusations of fiduciary malfeasance.

There were no instances of fiduciary malfeasance, and no soild evidence that anyone on The University News staff mismanaged funds. I am guilty of concerning myself with not burning bridges and believing administrators when they fed me information and told me their jobs were in my hands.

Had I known in the fall that we were going to get screwed over anyway, I would have gone for broke. I would have exposed the administrators in their ivory tower of DuBourg for the scumbags and yes-men that they are.

Anon--Newspapers are old media. The problem with an unofficial news site is that the UNews, which has been publishing in some mutation for 86 years, already has enough trouble getting comments from the boys upstairs--it's like there's a standing gag order on all press. There is no sustainability with an underground site or paper. Sure, it will be great fun for a few kids for a few years, but after that?

When you live in fear of the supposed guardians of your education, who are considered among the greater faculty to be "fear mongers," how can you honestly and objectively report the news?

If the UNews can be criticized of one thing this year, it would be emotional malfeasance. We've cared far too much, and now we're broken down and broken hearted.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

The biggest thing I learned at SLU was that as a student (I graduated in 96), my voice did not matter. The university continually made subtle as well as obvious changes to, say, housing, for instance, and when students railed against them, nothing much happened because, hey, in 4 years, those kids will be gone and nobody will know any different.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Housing was one of the biggest things that sucked about the SLU campus. The one place where you can guarantee they will treat you like a child was within the housing system. I could only handle it for one year, for I knew it was one of the worst aspects of the campus, and had little indication of ever improving. However, moving off campus was one of the smartest moves I had every made. I would have suffocated or been expelled if I had remained on campus. Either way I would have been unhappy. But I moved off which was the best move.

1:30 AM  

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