Editorial Board | Dec. 6, 2013, 5:42 p.m.
TSL's Opinions section has dedicated its space this semester to a variety of topics germane to the Claremont Colleges community, reaching out to students, faculty, and other community members around campus who might not normally write for TSL to offer their relevant insights on topics such as environmentalism and access to education. We also published more columns in the Life & Style section this semester than we have in the past, covering a wider variety of topics and featuring more student voices, including those of international students and first-years from across the 5Cs. Our news section has been more devoted than ever to reporting on the entire consortium, running weekly student Senate Briefs for all 5Cs for the first time and covering news from all of the schools.
We have made these changes to better cover all the news at the 5Cs, but also to better represent the community and to ensure more coverage of the variety of voices on campus. But we know these changes are small in the bigger picture. While they are positive steps towards a truer representation of the 5Cs in TSL's pages, we recognize that we still do not do a good enough job of presenting everyone's interests or ideas.
Pomona College students still comprise over half of our staff, and there are certainly people—whether due to political beliefs, identification with a marginalized group on campus, or a belief that our reporting on a given topic is unfair—who believe that their voice is not represented, or worse, that we are not interested in hearing it. Our Opinions editor spent time reaching out to members from all corners of the campuses and our writers covered events across the 5Cs, but we know it is far too soon to pat ourselves on the back and call the job done.
This will be the last issue of TSL this semester, and a new editorial staff will be in charge of the newspaper next semester. We urge next year's editors to keep pushing forward in this endeavor, and we have confidence that they will build on our efforts to reach a wider audience. Largely, the new editorial staff will be people currently involved in the paper who already share these goals.
So we are calling out to all the 5C community members who do not feel represented in the newspaper, those who feel we do not fairly cover—if we cover at all—issues that are important to them. We take full responsibility for the layout and content of TSL each week, but we cannot make positive changes without your input. We can only fix the problems we know we have. If you take issue with our News section's reporting on a subject, or if you feel our Opinions section fails to give a comprehensive treatment to a complex issue, then tell us. Help the paper grow by offering your view, so that instead of leaving out important perspectives we can be a forum for all people in the consortium.
As the largest publication at the 5Cs, it is particularly important for us to do everything in our power to accurately and fully represent the community without marginalizing any individual or group. Despite the 5Cs being a relatively small, insular place, there is a wildly diverse set of religious beliefs, social concerns, and so on present here. We know everyone's viewpoints are not presented in TSL, and it might be overly ambitious to assume they ever could be. But we still need to make our best effort, and we could use your help.
Our editors will continue to work toward this goal next semester and in the future, and if you think you could add to the conversation, reach out to TSL to help advance the discussion.