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Boston-area campus news round-up, week of March 26: Excellent editorials

Posted by Alex Pearlman  March 30, 2012 02:17 PM

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newspapers fanned out.jpgBoston is one big college town. What students are talking about and what's happening on the city's campuses matters. Every Friday, TNGG Boston will round up a few of the most interesting and well-written stories from student journalists across the area.

The community surrounding a newspaper has numerous ways to respond to what’s published each day: Columnists have their weekly space. Readers can write letters to the editor (or just leave a comment online). And when staff members themselves want a chance to voice their opinion, they turn to an editorial.

In this week’s campus news round-up, we’re focusing on what gets written when a newspaper’s staff decides to sound off on the news they report.

“STAFF EDIT: Brothels as business” (March 26) -- The Daily Free Press
Prostitution is now legal in Ontario, Canada, and the staff at BU’s student newspaper debates the pros and cons. “Legalizing prostitution will ensure that the profession is much safer and regulated,” they write. “Nevertheless, this legislation is sure to prompt debate as to whether legalization is a governmental endorsement or not, and whether this should be a profession that should be lawful.”

“Editorial | Free speech on the Hill” (March 28) -- The Tufts Daily
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recently named Tufts the 10th-worst college for free speech; also in the Boston area and included on the list were Harvard (fourth) and Brandeis (12th). In this editorial, the paper’s staff comes to the school’s defense, writing that “no one who attends Tufts could argue that students here don’t feel free to express their opinions. Jumbos express their opinions far more often than average college students, and this is reflected in our student publications.”

“Event overcrowding begs for streamlined calendar” (March 29) -- The Heights
BC has a lot going on, but The Heights staff thinks that it’s hard for students to find out about all of the events because the school doesn’t offer one central calendar on which to list them. “The Heights urges UGBC to take a better look at the calendar in place in hopes of making it more cohesive, organized, and accessible for students,” they write. “The events are there, but without publicity and knowledge, no one will attend them. Making this calendar easier to use and accessible will benefit the entire student body.”

“What does Junior 24 Stand For?” (March 29) -- The Harvard Crimson
Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society usually inducts members as seniors, but each year, they choose 24 juniors (“the Junior 24”) to enter early. The Crimson’s staff argues that while the pressure to maintain a near-perfect GPA may sometimes lead students to choose easier courses, those who do so wouldn’t make it into the exclusive group. “The standard of academic accomplishment is so high that it cannot reasonably be achieved by gaming the system,” they write. “Inclusion in the Junior 24 comes almost certainly as a result of extreme ability and rigorous engagement, as opposed to clever curriculum planning.”

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