Correction: This story has been modified from its original version. — The Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech, Inc. receives funding from Virginia Tech. However, the money goes to other student media organizations and not the CT, which generates revenue through advertising. The CT receives free office space in Squires Student center, like several other student organizations.
The Collegiate Times does not support the messages presented in the FLAME ad in July 19's print edition. The underlying message of cultural hatred is not one that we condone.
However, the CT is totally dependent on advertising revenue. We receive no financial support from the university. It is not as simple as saying, “We do not support this message, and we will not collect your money.” We exist solely because people pay us to get their message out—especially in these economic times.
The money we collect allows us to deliver news, features and sports coverage to Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech community. It also allows us to provide a forum for our readers’ voices.
We fully understand the abusive nature of these ads. However, refusing to publish them does not solve the larger problem of cultural prejudices that exist in our country. Only bringing issues like this out in the open and starting a dialogue will settle it in the long run.
I urge you to voice your opinion. Send us letters. Write guest columns. We are more than happy to share your throughts with the rest of the community. Please send all commentary to firstname.lastname@example.org.