I applied to become the opinions section editor this semester for the same reason I applied to a liberal arts college four years ago: I deeply value dialogue, even when I disagree with the opinions presented. The Student Life’s Opinions section should reflect the remarkable diversity of thought in Claremont’s student population.
At the same time, TSL is committed to respecting students and complying with basic journalistic ethics. While the role of the opinions section is to present a smorgasbord of student viewpoints, including those considered controversial or uncommon, the opinions staff and I will work to ensure that identities are respected and privacy is not violated.
Although I am devoted to presenting alternative viewpoints, I do not hide that I hold my own strong opinions. These opinions will remain separate from my work as opinions section editor. TSL, and the opinions section in particular, has a responsibility to facilitate dialogue. I take that responsibility extremely seriously.
I fundamentally believe that engaging with viewpoints different from one’s own is vital to a liberal arts education. I have no wish to censor anyone’s viewpoints, and I invite any student with an opinion to share to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone with an ethical objection to content in the opinions section should also email me at this address; I cannot promise that I will agree with your critique, but I will listen to it.
Kate Dolgenos PO ‘17
Opinions Section Editor, Spring 2017