Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

We present our regular review of selected student journalists and editors.  They devote a lot of ink to the death of Osama bin Laden, but also critique PBS documentaries, sex education gone haywire and errant Supreme Court decisions.

  1. Although he strongly supports the idea of affirmative action in college admissions policies, a columnist for the Daily Illini thinks that it needs to shift emphasis to social class, away from a near exclusive focus on race.
  2. The editors of the Harvard Crimson respond to recent public statements of a probable 2012 presidential candidate.
  3. A writer for the Auburn Plainsman describes his bewilderment, following a recent exercise in “diversity training.” Apparently, he’s a bigot.
  4. Sex education focused on prevention is a good idea, says a regular for the Temple News, but the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s condom policies have gone more than a little over the top.
  5. PBS documentaries, highly regarded, are prone to frequent errors of fact and omission, says an op ed writer for the Daily Californian. Bad as that is though, even worse is the fact that the creators of these programs seem unable to acknowledge their mistakes.
  6. At the University of Delaware, the copy editor of The Review cites an incident of bullying to which she regrets not responding more forcefully.
  7. A political commentator for the University of Seattle Daily assesses the killing of Osama bin Laden within the larger context of American political discourse.
  8. In response to the same event, a guest columnist for Virginia’s Daily Cavalier finds nothing to cheer about, and is glad she wasn’t in the country while her fellow students rejoiced.
  9. By contrast, a staffer for the Georgetown Hoya describes his own ebullience and of the throngs of others who celebrated at the White House, following the announcement of Bin Laden’s death.
  10. Corporate corruption of Washington was already rampant, but now it’s been given legal cover by the US Supreme Court, says a writer for the WVU Daily Athenaeum.
  11. A perplexed political analyst in the UW/Madison Badger Herald tries to make sense of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s recent budgetary initiatives. What exactly is going on?
  12. Middlebury’s “zero tolerance” policies on hazing are intolerable, and should be tossed, in the view of an editorialist for the Campus.
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