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Josh Shaffer is an art major and draws “Strange Gods” for the Daily News. His views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper. Write to Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though we sometimes see deaths from suicide in the news, we rarely hear about suicide attempts. With the death of a celebrity, suicide reaches the news, but thousands of suicide attempts remain concealed.
Ball State is receiving additional state funding for the first time in the last two biennium, but it’s still in a dire funding situation.
When the academic year finally ends and summer begins, a bustling and busy Ball State campus turns into a hollow shell. Even summer classes starting up doesn’t help with so many students turning to sleeping in and taking classes online instead.
I feel extremely sorry for the loss of the late Governor Otis D. Bowen. But, his contribution as a statesman will always be respected.
Alliance had an uncommon characteristic when they were elected. The combined Student Government Association experience between the four members was very little.
Stephanie Tarrant is a senior photojournalism major and writes “Tarrant the Tyrant” for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper.
Kelly Dickey is a senior journalism major and writes ‘Sarcasm & Smiles’ for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Write to Kelly at email@example.com.
It’s a clear, sunny day. Then there’s an explosion. It all seems to happen in a second. People are screaming and running down the street. White smoke billows upward, filling the street already choked with panicked people and drifting up and mixing with the tops of buildings. Police officers jump into action, sifting through the rubble and carrying broken, injured citizens away from the hell.
After reading both the front page story and the letter from the editor in today’s April 16th issue of The Daily News, I am decidedly disappointed in how this story was handled. It is clear to me that there was no ill intention, and the letter from the editor gives me more certainty that the utmost respect was given to the story, but I don’t appreciate the results. Having seen some footage of the incident a few hours before reading the front page story, I was frustrated with the tone used to describe the incident, and the very different account it portrayed. The language used strikes me as poetic, and unhelpful in understanding the scale and facts of the situation. At first I wondered if this was intentional, and if the creative narration of events was meant to garner a greater reaction out of readers. That sort of reporting is unwanted, and reflects poorly on those involved on the whole news crew, which is why I wouldn’t suspect that this would be intentional. I give the benefit of the doubt that, of course, there was no intention to treat the story with anything but respect. Still I cannot say I am not dissapointed by this approach. I would hope for and expect that the worst events are those treated with the most clinical perspective and informational approach. As the editor said “We want you to remember why it’s important to be informed.”, and that is exactly right, but the kind of language used in this story is not conducive to informing as much as it is enticing distress. I hope that in future stories of great weight such as this, the public will be given only facts, and left to feel that weight on those facts alone.
Jen Prandato is a junior journalism graphics major and writes ‘Ok, you guys’ for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper, The Daily, or any other organization associated with this website. Write to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT ISSUE: Boston bombing reminds Americans of vulnerability
Andrew Mishler is the editor of the Ball State Daily News. His views do not necessarily reflect those of BSUDaily.com. There’s a standard that each newspaper, professional or collegiate, has to meet in order to run a full page of coverage on a certain story. At the Ball State Daily News, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, met this standard. The 2012 presidential election met this standard. And in today’s issue, the bombings at the Boston Marathon meet this standard. As journalists, we’re as guilty as anyone in sometimes reading through stories about war, crime and death and not taking the severity of the situation into account. It isn’t just names and numbers that appear in the newspaper. It is real people. The 8-year-old boy who died in the bombings was someone’s son. The other two people who died had family members and friends who, as soon as they heard about the bombings, prayed that they weren’t involved. No matter who these people were, they made impacts on people’s lives. And now, they’re gone. The Ball State Daily News decided to run coverage of the Boston bombings on the entire front page for a reason. We want to respect the tragedy in Boston by giving it — and you, the readers — the coverage it deserves. The same principle applies to our decision to use “Boston Massacre” as the main headline. This is a massacre, and calling it anything less is a disservice to the victims. April 15, 2013, will take its place in history as a dark day in American history. From now on, when people think of “Boston Massacre,” they’ll think of this day, not the incident of 1770. That is the gravity of this incident. With the multiple U.S. mass shootings of 2012 in mind, it’s important to remember that no matter how hard we try to prevent incidents like this, a tragedy can manage to cause suffering in a split second. As we wrote in our editorial, what matters most isn’t how we as a country prepare, it’s how we respond. The first step toward responding is to be informed. For most, that likely started by watching the news Monday and reading coverage online, and it continues today by reading this edition of the Daily News. The paper today not only reflects the significance of the bombings in Boston, but what we believe to be important for our readers to know. We don’t want you to just be informed. We want you to remember why it’s important to be informed.
Andrew Mishler is a senior telecommunications news major and writes ‘Glass Half Something’ for the Daily News. His views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper.
Mat Mikesell's views and opinions don’t necessarily agree with those of the newspaper to the Daily.
The changing of coaches for the BSU basketball team causes me to wonder, when will the crazy expenditures on intercollegiate athletics end? It seems to be a given that the new coach will have to be awarded a contract in the $250-300,000 range. Of course this person will require that his assistants receive at least 25% more than the recently fired guys received. Further it is assumed that the new person will insist on a recruiting budget of at least $100,000 more than the current budget. Further, these escalations will cause the women’s BB coach/assistants to receive more as well. You can bet that the football coach and assistants will be watching the contracts. These numbers are lunacy at a place that barely gets 1,100 bodies into the seats including less than 150 students for men’s bb games and far far less for women’s games. Recently, it has been noted that BSU has lost nearly 78 million dollars in state funding since 2009.