Over the past two years, I have been increasingly disappointed by the rabble rousing content of the articles published in the Bulletin. ESU students are perpetually achieving great things, yet articles lauding these students are abandoned in favor of fear mongering and divisive content.
A specific example can be found within the December 1, 2016 issue of the Bulletin which, had it been named based on its theme or content, would have been titled the “War on Christmas” issue, or maybe even, “We Aren’t Happy Unless Someone is Unhappy: Holiday Edition”.
There were two articles covering the “Mingle and Jingle” event and a third article covered the holiday décor on campus and chastised the University for its lack of diversity in its display. All three were mostly negative and wagged a shaming finger at the University for what Bulletin writers asserted to be unacceptable lack of representation. The most positive of the three was the one printed on page 3, in which Rogers acknowledges that the “Mingle and Jingle” event was enjoyable, yet cannot resist the opportunity to criticize President Garret’s efforts as “non-inclusive”. Somehow, an article about a holiday event included the observation that most people in attendance to the event were white. If respect of diversity is truly a topic close to the hearts of Bulletin staff, why on Earth would a crowd of white colored faces be lumped together as one homogenous group? How many European nations which we receive foreign exchange students from have “white” appearance? Are readers to accept that diversity and inclusion only applies to people who look a certain way? To people who are not Christian, white, or American? Diversity and inclusion does not mean the abandonment of our values and customs for the sake of another’s, but the embracing of all.
I think that instead of publishing three redundant articles brimming with scathing opinion and little supporting fact is poor journalism. If the bulletin staff was sincerely concerned with the state of holiday equality and inclusion, then better use of newsprint would be to publish information about holidays and the diverse methods of celebration among the student population. Increase awareness of the beauty in our differences and stop creating dissention among our students. In the crusade for reckless homogenization in the name of what is perceived as equality, our culture is actually just driving home wider gaps between groups.