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Thursday, February 12, 2003

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Why I'm not Prez

Re: "USC presidential candidates speak... do they sound smart?" Feb. 7

To the Editor:

This year, like every year since I've been here, The Gazette is ruining the University Students' Council elections. Why must The Gazette staff tear apart the few students who are trying to get involved in this school? For the past four years your coverage of the USC elections has been full of insulting articles, condescending comments and general disdain for every presidential candidate who has stepped into the ring.

I am not surprised that there is a shortage of candidates in the University Students' Council elections. Who would want to run when it is clear that the only reason you cover the elections is to publicly humiliate everyone who has the courage to run, no matter what they say or do? It is also not a surprise that voter turnout is low.

Articles in The Gazette do everything possible to discourage voters short of saying, "Do not vote in these elections because we (The Gazette staff) think they are stupid!" A lot of people on this campus read The Gazette and when you tell them not to even bother voting, a lot of them listen.

As journalists, you have a duty to deliver clear facts and information, not a jaded spiteful version of them. Why would you introduce the elections with headlines like "Clowns and contenders" or "...Clichés to follow"? What about something like "Meet the next USC prez!" or "Elections are here!" or even "Vote."

Why can't you try and get students excited and involved instead of putting everyone down? Shame on you.

In short, The Gazette's coverage of the elections is biased, unfair and unprofessional. Sometimes it even hurts a little bit. I know, I've been there.

Kevin Shipley
Mechanical Engineering IV
USC Presidential Candidate 2002

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