A letter from the editor
First and foremost, The University News is a journalistic entity. While it covers a variety of events and people, our staff’s primary duty is to investigate issues relevant to all at the University of Dallas, whether those issues are off campus or on it.
It did not surprise me that our previous edition made waves when students and faculty learned, many for the first time, that changes were being made to the Charity Week jail, specifically dealing with how people were arrested. What did surprise me was that a few people were not pleased that the News chose to give this topic such prominence, or that the News covered it at all.
This is a newspaper; our staff is made up of journalists. Yes, we may receive our funding from the university, but that does not restrict us in regard to what we can or cannot cover. Our mission is to ensure that the students, faculty, alumni and anyone with any ties to this university know what is happening, and this is a role we take seriously. Especially in cases where there is a lack of communication between the administration and students, or when important knowledge is not shared, we are the means of communication. Failure to succeed in this mission would not only be negligent on our part, but also derelict to our duty to the students and administration of the university.
We do not take sides in disagreements; we present the fullest explanation of the disagreement that we can. That is what we tried to do in the case of the jail controversy, and succeeded. I am incredibly proud of my staff and the edition that they assembled this past week. They took on what became a tough topic and brought it to people’s attention when they needed to see it.
Some believe the News is, or should be, a simple student publication that merely shows the bright spots of UD. To do so would be a disservice to the staff of the paper and to everyone who may read it. Just as any good newspaper shows the highs and lows of the community it covers, so too will this paper cover UD’s successes as well as its shortcomings. The University News will continue in this role and take on tough topics not because we relish controversy but because that is our role and duty as journalists.