An editor’s call for letters

An editor’s call for letters

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Bryan Talbot / The Arbiter

You might have noticed there’s not much on this page. These few simple words which I’m writing to you, a quick drawing our design team whipped up to make me seem whimsical and an ad we were coerced into putting here by our business manager who is obsessed with “keeping us in business.”

The fact that this page is so empty is a sad commentary on how little we, as editors of the school paper, have done to engage our campus. Too often we have used this opinion page as a sounding board for our own irks and annoyances (I considered changing the point of this letter to the condemnation of people who misuse the words “literally” and “unique”). While there is a place for that, the opinion section of any paper is at its best when it is filled with the voices and concerns of its audience.

With that being said, I would like to invite all of you to take ownership of this page. We accept letters to the editors, story suggestions, satirical cartoons and whatever else you’ve got. We’d love to consider it for publication.

I’m sure many of you out there have been disappointed, annoyed or offended by The Arbiter at one point in time or another (hell, there are some times I’ve been disappointed in us.) If so, let us know. We welcome responses to our articles. Or, if we’re not covering the issues and topics you want to see, write in and let us know what we’re missing.

The Arbiter, both in print and online, is a forum where you are able to reach hundreds of students every single week.

The staff of this newspaper strives to cover all areas of campus life and bring you the news you need to know. However from editor-in-chief down to the newest writer just scraping out their first story, there are less than 50 of us who produce regular content for The Arbiter. While that may seem like a lot at first glance, we don’t even amount to a drop in the bucket in a sea of more than 20,000 students.

We might not know if there’s something messy about being a music major, if a loophole has you tied up in knots or you’ve been hamstrung by policy.  Boise State, what grinds your gears? Please, I’m absolutely dying to know. (But not literally).

Emily Pehrson
Emily Pehrson is the current editor-in-chief of The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson