“All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone’s feelings.” -Denis Diderot
As student journalists, our job is to report the news and bring to light issues on campus that need to be discussed. In our recent news article “Fraternity Falls into National Trend: Guilty of Racist Party?” we wanted to do just that.
The McDaniel Free Press urges students to address uncomfortable topics and start discussions about them instead of ignoring them. Issues of race and stereotyping are of concern to many students on campus, and when our organization found out about a party themed “CMT vs. BET,” we decided this needed to be discussed. The McDaniel Free Press offers students a forum to discuss their feelings and opinions on a variety of different issues. We take submissions and will work with any student who has an idea that they want to talk about.
We published the article because students were concerned about this issue and we felt a responsibility to report on it, not because we have a vendetta against any organization on campus.
Each issue of the McDaniel Free Press had a sticker or a piece of tape over the Phi Delta Theta logo. This was a last minute decision when the organization expressed their displeasure about the use of their logo. We later contacted a representative from the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity office who said we were perfectly fine in using the logo to accompany the story.
We urge anyone to contact the McDaniel Free Press at FreePress@McDaniel.edu with responses to this situation or with ideas about stories we can cover on campus. We are here as a voice for the students to express and address issues they may be concerned about.