How is it a senior military college uses its main source of school news to inform us of half-naked protestors, riots at other colleges and alcohol ads but not of a fallen alumni being forever remembered on Virginia Tech’s most memorable memorial?
I was not only angry but also enlightened by the lack of mention of the pylon dedication ceremony held on Friday, April 10 for Tech graduate Seth Mitchell who died in Iraq in November 2009. I enjoyed the small picture featured on the back of the paper with the incorrect caption referring to the corps of cadets rifle team, which does not exist.
I am fully aware that there was an article published in the November issue of the Collegiate Times about Capt. Mitchell’s death with reference to the dedication ceremony, which makes its absence in the paper even more upsetting.
Even more upsetting was that this paper could run about five different articles about a parking garage but no more than a 2-by-4-inch picture could be allotted for the remembrance of a fallen hero.
Of course the front page was riddled with important information like a drunken party at JMU, again information about the parking garage and how our beloved CT can no longer peddle alcohol ads. The only real news on the front page was about the Westboro Baptist Church, and even it was ruined with the party boy protestor whose infamous bottom took up more space than a war veteran’s dedication ceremony. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Not making the frontpage is something I can understand. It is a somber topic, but as I thumbed through the entire page dedicated to a sport not even in season and an editorial about, what else, the parking garage, I began to wonder if the columnists at the CT think all Tech students care about is where to put their car next year and that Tyrod Taylor threw a 35-yard touchdown pass during a scrimmage against his own team.
I understand that as a college newspaper the CT has to appeal to students, and what better way than parking permits and public nudity. However as a newspaper it also has an obligation to report the news.
It might just be the opinion of one Tech student, but I feel remembering the sacrifice of a Tech alumnus should warrant more than a caption on the back page.
Freshman communication major