For newspapers and publications of all sizes, focuses, and readerships, the staff editorial has been, and remains, the preferred method of articulating the newspaper’s voice. With it, a nuanced and thoroughly thought-out judgement can be expressed to help shape and inform readers’ views. Our role, however, is not merely to be the voice of our newspaper: We have the responsibility to represent ideas valuable and relevant to our constituents—students of Columbia University, residents of Morningside Heights.
We publish three editorials each week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We get together, and, through debate, determine the board’s position. Then we combine all of the arguments into a single view, which suffers a final round of edits in which the 12 members of the board attempt to find the perfect phrasing to express their opinions.
These opinions come from a variety of disparate cultural backdrops, academic interests, and preferences, which we hope will provide not only a strong and reasonable basis for our views, but also one that is representative of the larger undergraduate population. Our passions cover the full range of Columbia, from comparative literature to physics. We are swimmers and couch potatoes. Some of us find solace in Alt-J; others prefer Mozart. We read Buzzfeed, but we also read Aristotle. Our initial opinions are correspondingly manifold; reconciling them is not an easy task, but ultimately, we come to a consensus.
In the end, we’re only students.
We hope you will find that our positions give you pause to reflect, modify, and form opinions. You surely will disagree with us on occasion—about our faculty recommendations, our position on NoCo’s space issues, or our outlook on the honor code.
We look forward to your disputes, voiced or unvoiced. We look forward to engaging you in our arguments, and challenging you to think about the issues that will interest us this semester.
Whether the debate revolves around special interest housing or the shifts of the administration, scandals or space initiatives, transparency or task forces, hazing or housing—we look forward to it. These represent but a few of the trends that can be traced through the issues and incidents that occur on campus, issues and incidents we look forward to opining about.
Check online later this week for bios of the editorial board.
To respond to this staff editorial, or to submit an op-ed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.