Spec on the grill
Written by Bwog Staff
As part of its never-ending quest to figure out why people either a.) don’t read the paper or b.) bitch about the paper, Spectator held a Town Hall tonight within the welcoming, safe space of Earl Hall’s auditorium. Approximately half of the approximately 80 people at the event were from Spec–Bwog knows this because one savvy participant had all the non-Speccies raise their hands–but enough external students showed up with beef to keep up a lively discussion. Having done this sort of thing with the Harvard Crimson and the Philadelphia Inquirer, moderator and Journalism School associate dean Arlene Morgan ranged through the audience commenting on the comments (so Spec editors didn’t have to, unless asked).
Student council kids sat in, cultural organization kids represented, and activists complained about being misquoted and decontextualized. Sometimes staffers even tentatively spoke up. The dialogue wasn’t overwhelmingly negative, but there are more than enough disgruntled sources out there to keep Spec busy for a while: among them, SGA President Eman Bataineh complained that Barnard was lumped with GS, David Judd of the ISO let us know that a correction had been made a year after the fact, and Ad Hoc Editor-in-Chief Alex Jung pointed out that he’s the only person of color to have a column. Said one Barnard woman: “I don’t think the Spectator understands what my life is like at all, in any way, shape or form.”
This bwogger, along with several participants near the end, gives Spec credit for caring.