Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Claremont Colleges,
Previous editors of this section have opened the semester with a reminder. A reminder of the value of unique opinions, a reminder of your personal worth, a reminder of the openness and transparency of the Opinions section. In a similar vein, I would like to remind you that you have a personal right to this space. Every individual involved with these institutions possesses an inherent ownership over this space just by virtue of his or her connection to the colleges.
But as with any right, ability does not equal action. In order for your ideas, your perceptions, and your complaints to enact a tangible and lasting impact on dialogue and policy at the 5Cs, you must air them. Only by our own volition and a personal sense of motivation can we transfer our thoughts onto these pages. No one can create agency. It must be exercised. I wish to remind you that this space will always remain your own. It simply waits for you to fill it.
This semester, I especially hope to encourage a more vocal cross-campus dialogue. While Pomona College students regularly dominate the content published here, I hope that students at Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College will feel comfortable and inspired to use this space as a platform to address not just their individual campuses but our collective community.
In addition, I hope that while building a space for interconnected 5C dialogues, we will continue the practice begun last semester of turning our eyes away from the shaded streets of Claremont and toward the domestic and international communities. I hope that as the semester passes, you will use this space as a forum for responding to events that occur outside the manicured lawns of our colleges.
In a slight deviation from traditional practices, the Opinions Section will operate on a two-week cycle this semester, with one week focusing on responses to a specific theme or event and the next returning to the classic open-forum layout. In this fashion, our first issue scrutinizes the role the humanities play in a liberal arts education and how that relationship manifests itself across the 5Cs.
To my great pleasure, Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English and English Department Chair at Pomona, has, at my prompting, offered his own thoughts on the matter. I hope that other faculty and staff members from across the 5Cs follow his example and continue to contribute their ideas and concerns. Just because students produce and edit TSL, we are not granted a monopoly over the opinions expressed in its pages.
Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you wish to discuss. As the curator of this space, I am not its proprietor but its caretaker. I am, as always, open to any and all feedback.
Cole Clark PO ’16