Volume 93, Issue 101
Friday, April 7, 2000
A lesson and a tale told
When the faculty of information and media studies told me that my marks weren't high enough and that I shouldn't even bother applying to the media, information and technoculture honours program, I was scared about my future. But not for long.
I was lucky enough to have been elected Editor-in-Chief of the paper you now hold in your hands. It was the reason I decided to leave my Maple, Ontario home in the first place and it would later turn out to be the reason I stayed in this wretched city.
I can proudly say that the countless hours I've spent in The Gazette's windowless office, the numerous complaints I've had to deal with and the countless pounds of shit I've had to shovel all year was well worth it.
Not only have my experiences at this paper taught me to write and edit, they have allowed me to learn about people who they are, what they're made of and even how they think.
One of the more interesting things I've learned about people is their business sense and how to deal with corporate bullshit. OK, I'll fess up, I'm talking about the University Students' Council.
I should state that when I walked into this position, I had no beef with the USC. I was very clear about my position and firmly stated that past Gazette/USC conflicts were of no worry to me as far as I was concerned, the slate was clean. Unfortunately, my utopian perception and attitude didn't last as far as I could spit.
In the first semester I was threatened with a lawsuit. To make a long, stupid story short, threats were made about legal action and the matter was later resolved. As far as I'm concerned, the entire episode was a bully tactic. Not only that, but I found it to be an unethical, childish and blatant display of one's ability to power trip.
The moral of the story well, I suppose there really isn't one. In truth, the only issue this story illustrates, is the importance for The Gazette to become autonomous. I firmly believe if this had been the case, I would not have been threatened.
In the end I survived. The only proof I can offer is the fact that I'm still standing strong. By the same token, if I was asked to do it again, I wouldn't. Not in a million years.
But this isn't a terrible thing. The reason this paper is so great is, based upon the fact that it has new editors and volunteers each year. These people help keep The Gazette thriving and help it to maintain its integrity and freshness. It is your dedication, whether as a reader or volunteer, which allows this student paper to top all others. And that's pretty big news.
A part of me can't comprehend what it means to be writing this column. It means my term as EIC has come to a close and a positive learning experience has ended. Though I'm saddened by this, I can't help but feel that I've grown in a way I wouldn't have, if I had never walked through the doors of Rm. 263 in the University Community Centre.
Although I won't leave this university praising it and recommending it to friends, you can be sure I'll be recommending The Gazette Canada's largest and only daily student newspaper. It's the best place for students to obtain practical experience and gain insight into the real world.
J-school my ass.
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