Staff editorial: a letter to the Voice

Dear Student Voice,

This year, you celebrated your 30th birthday. You witnessed the births of JSA, the Robotics department, Diversity Club, and Bite of the World, a club that started and ended during your existence. Yet, you continue to struggle to tackle uncomfortable topics and to be more than just a feel-good publication.

With the events happening around the world today, where would American society be without a free press that pursues tough topics? People complain about the coverage of Fox News and MSNBC, but these voices give the public different perspectives and the freedom promised by the First Amendment.

In reality, these sources make our society what it is: a forum for constant debate, where no viewpoint is restricted. Without these open forums where ideas can be discussed, America would not be “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” that it is.

You have heard all the possible complaints. Why would students read about an assembly everyone attended two weeks ago? Why would they read about a game where a student tweeted the score immediately after?  Why would anyone value a student’s opinion?

Your “season” lasts year long, with no offseason until you walk out of Buckley’s gates as an alumnus.

At the end of the day journalism is just human nature. It is where we can express our insatiable curiosity about the world around us and have our questions answered. And in a free society, citizens should be hungry for truth and for reading and considering many perspectives.

Yes, you’ve made some mistakes here and there, but that is also just “human nature.” In the process of it all, you’ve also been quietly creating Buckley’s history book. Ultimately, no other club’s work will be remembered for as long as yours, whether published in print or online. Without you, how would we have known that Harvestfest was once Turkeyfest and this year was not the first time this tradition has been cancelled?

Teachers may come and go, students will graduate with their secrets, stories, and opinions, and your history, your responses to events, your ideas will be left behind in your volumes for someone to discover what the world was really like for the Buckley students who came before you.

In any case, the responsibility to pursue tough topics and examine complicated issues falls on your shoulders. In the second semester of your thirtieth year, commit to the schools old adage: Dare to be true.

In the words your editor-in-chief, Kevin Marr ‘92, directed to our campus newspaper over 22 years ago, “Are you going to be a propaganda rag for Buckley to proclaim its own greatness?”

Till the fortieth-
Your editorial board