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Letter From the Editor: An Oberon For Your Time?

By Allison Tinsey

On Monday afternoon, I drove over to the Field House to grab some food and my share of Bell’s Oberon provided for the Class of 2014 at the “Orange and Black Give Back” senior giving campaign kick-off. Many colleges and universities host senior fundraisers and those of us getting ready to graduate should expect them. While I fully intend to give and encourage my fellow seniors to consider it as well, I cannot help but wonder if I had not checked the box marked “faculty excellence,” would my $20.14 be put toward buying more food and drinks for other advancement events?

It is not just about senior fundraising, though; it’s about the incentive culture that has developed here at K.  So why did I go to the fundraising event? I could have donated online just as easily.  It is simple; I got two free Oberons. So why does anyone go to events? It seems that it is now the norm for food to be served at meetings, events, or even lunch with faculty members in order to boost attendance. The College presumably spends thousands of dollars on food and associated consumable products each year, directly contradicting their mission to be more sustainable and promote conscientious use of the Earth’s resources. On top of sustainability, it is important to remember that there are a whole host of social justice issues associated with food and food consumption as well.

I am thoroughly disconcerted by the amount of money that K spends on food as an incentive, instead of channeling funds toward more meaningful endeavors. Last quarter, my fellow philosophy majors and I made plans to attend the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Conference, but we hit multiple snags while planning our trip in part because the Provost’s Office could not provide us with funding for a few hotel rooms. It is ridiculous that the College cannot fund events vital to our development as scholars, but it can spare the money to help persuade us to give back philanthropically before we even graduate, on top of the multiple events per week that provide food in order to encourage attendance.

If I am to give a meaningful gift and am encouraged to develop a lifelong spirit of giving, is it too much to ask that my contribution, future contributions, and my remaining tuition dollars not be wasted on the food that encourages me to give in the first place? Sure, the College needs to reevaluate its spending habits, but we must also strive for a cultural change where food isn’t needed as an incentive or reward for attendance.

 

Letter from the Editor

By Allison Tinsey

It is with great pride and pleasure that I offer a new Index to Kalamazoo College this quarter. Over the course of this year, the Index has endured a myriad of aesthetic changes to make its layout reflect the journalism on its pages. In addition to a new masthead, we have added two additional pages to the newspaper in order to accommodate more news, features, opinions, arts, and sports coverage. Along with our dedication to providing our campus with weekly news, we have added features that will hopefully keep you coming back each week. These include the Krossword, quotes and comics featuring our quirky professors, event schedules, the sports sideline, and now a weekly ‘Buzzkill’ article.

None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of all of our staff members. I would especially like to thank first year Graham Key for his contributions. Since day one, Key has made it his mission to make the paper better with each issue. Much of our redesign can be credited to him. Key also diligently works on the Student Commission beat and enjoys writing satirical pieces for the Buzzkill. The Editorial Staff recently promoted Key to Associate Editor.

Every spring countless student organizations transition their leadership to a new group of students. The Index has an open application for those wishing to apply for next year’s Editorial Staff. Positions that are up for grabs include Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Features Editor, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Opinions and Editorials Editor, Sports Editor, Layout Editor, Web and Social Media Editor, Copy Editor, and Business Manager. Each of these positions plays a crucial role in putting together the paper every week. The Index welcomes all students to apply and no experience is necessary, though it is encouraged. To find out more about all of these positions, students can attend our weekly meetings at 8:00 PM on Sundays, ask any of the current editors, or visit our website where they will find the link to the Editor Application. Applications are due April 20, 2014.

As Editor-in-Chief, I have been able to witness the growth of the entire staff as they face a variety of challenges and rise to meet them with diligence, precision, stamina, and enthusiasm. I can only hope that those applying for next year’s positions are willing and able to devote themselves to continuing our tradition of journalistic integrity as much as the current staff has. We are a group of student volunteers who provide a vital service to this academic institution. As the student newspaper of Kalamazoo College, we need a staff dedicated to our mission of providing information as well as intellectually stimulating feedback on the happenings at K.

 

Yours in leadership,

Allison Tinsey