Firstly, as a long-time reader of The Quindecim and its predecessor, Weekly, I congratulate you on the significant improvement in the quality of the writing in the recent editions.
In fact, I have been a faithful reader for 65 years, four years as a Goucher student, 21 years as a director of the formerly-named Public Relations Office and 38 years as a trustee. (Sounds a bit like overkill to me…)
Weekly was published every Friday. When I was the PR director, it was the day that we greeted with some apprehension. What “shocking” statement or story would blanket the front page? Would the typos or grammatical errors exceed those of the prior week’s Weekly? Impossible, we would say, hopefully. Inevitably, we would concede, lamentably.
There were times, I now admit, that I had seriously considered stealing the stash of newspapers displayed on a table in the College Post Office. But, of course, I honored the concept of Freedom of Speech. And besides, I thought someone would catch me…
The purpose of this letter is not to criticize but to question the purpose of the Public Safety Blotter, the nature of its contents and its placement in the paper. For example: “Student injured ankle while running on Loop Road.” “Student accidentally set off fire alarm while spraying Lysol.” And my favorite, “Student received text from unknown number about a dead body and called police.” Where was the alleged body found? What was the police response? Some of these entries sound a bit like young pranksters calling random numbers and asking, “Do you have Prince Albert in the can?”
There is some merit in publishing happenings that could have hurt an individual, or individuals, or might do so in the future. But couldn’t the Blotter be edited more judiciously, printed in smaller type and placed in a less prominent section of the paper?
This edition of The Quindecim, published September 7, contained some excellent articles, notably the front page story in which President Sandy Ungar reflects on an article about former visiting professor Leopold Munyakazi that appeared in the July 30 edition of New York Magazine. I had read the New York Magazine article and was delighted that The Quindecim did such a competent job in expanding on the story.
I’ve been involved with Goucher under seven different presidents, each of whom was distinguished in his or her way. It has been a great pleasure to watch the college grow in size and stature and reputation over the past six decades. I should like to live long enough to witness Goucher be acknowledged as one of the best small liberal arts colleges in the country. Of course we – students, faculty, administration, alumnae/i, current and past parents and wise and perceptive people everywhere, already know this to be true. It might take a bit longer for the rest of the world to catch on.
The best of luck to you and keep up the good work!
Alice Falvey Greif, ‘51