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Letter from the Editor: Lauren Sciba, Opinions Editor

By Lauren Sciba
On January 23, 2008

  • Lauren Sciba, Opinions Editor. Current Sauce

As a reader of the Current Sauce, I had always wondered why more letters to the editor never made it to print. "The paper just doesn't want to print something that might make them look bad," I thought. As I became more and more involved in student media, however, I realized that it wasn't that letters never made it to print, it was that there were no letters in the first place.Last semester, I seem to remember a letter here showing up here and there on the Opinions page, but only from professors. While the letters were appreciated, it is unfortunate that not one student felt the need to respond to a single article printed in the Current Sauce. This is disheartening to me because I would hope more students would use the student newspaper as a vehicle for being heard. Media is nothing without an audience, and as the new editor of the Opinions section, I would like to see a little more audience participation.

A former Opinions editor could always guarantee that people would be reading his page. The addressing of controversial topics with little delicacy and/or tact had people picking up the paper each week just to see what the editor and his troop of writers had to say next. Some hailed the page as offensive and obnoxious, but at least people were reading and responding.

Perhaps there are a few intimidating factors that keep readers, students especially, from sending a letter to the editor or even submitting work as a guest columnist. To clarify, you do not have to be a journalism major, and you do not need writing experience. Even if you have never set foot in the Current Sauce office, you can step forward. All you need is a strong opinion that is expressed clearly.

My hope for this semester is simple: I want more responses from readers. Why it takes a fanatical article by a loose cannon writer to get readers hot enough under the collar to actually write in is a mystery to me, but rest assured, I will resort to that if that is what it takes to hear from you. This newspaper belongs to the students of NSU and this page is your megaphone; I hope you take advantage of it in 2008.

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