Always Somewhere Else
The purpose driven paper (and editorial)

Ah, a new school year! Eager minds ready to soak up knowledge, the ring of the cash register in the bookstore, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a new editor anxious to spew opinions! Isnít it exciting and invigorating?

That was a rhetorical question.

I want to thank all of you returning students who gave us feedback on the survey last year. It was more helpful than you know, because a lot of people made the same sorts of comments, and that tells my wonderful co-editor Kyle and me what most of the Taylor student body thinks of the paper. Iíd like you to keep telling us what you think. Email me when you spot something in an article--a fact or figure you know to be false, a note that surprised or interested you, or even a grammatical mistake. (Though with Dr. Hensley advising us, I think those will be kept to a minimum.)

First, a response to one of the more bizarre requests that came back with the survey: no, we will not have less news in this yearís newspaper. Thatís the purpose of having a paper. This year we will have more relevant news, though, and more features on events and personalities that the majority of you are unaware of.

Let me also remind you about the purpose of this section, the editorial page. No, itís not a place for me to air my personal grievances with the world, and I donít intend to do that. However, neither is this a place for the reiteration of a general consensus of opinion.

I will be writing about all kinds of topics, which is why I chose the title ďAlways Somewhere Else.Ē Some will be personal passions, some will be tirades against campus attitudes, and some will be completely random. You may disagree with me. Thatís okay. Thatís your option.

I want you to think. I want you to read my column (and the rest of the paper) because you find it interesting, as well as entertaining. I want you to evaluate it personally, discuss it with friends, and tell me what you come up with. As with anything in life, the benefit you get from this paper will directly correlate with the amount of effort you put into it.

Well, enough of that. Go read the rest of the paper! Check out Hunterís new column about movies, Karieís feature about campus people you probably donít know, and Jenniferís news about the library. Itís all interesting! I know, because Iíve read it already, and itís great stuff. And if you want to disagree with that statement, go right ahead.

After all, thatís your option.

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