Regarding “Scalia defends gay rights position” (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012)
It may be risky, but I’m going to say it anyway: This article was one of the most biased and disappointing stories I’ve ever read. It’s not that the ‘Prince’ published a piece with a “liberal bias” as opposed to a “conservative bias.” The issue is that it published a piece with a very specific bias on what information the writer wanted to cover and report.
I’ve written as a freelance writer for a newspaper (not the ‘Prince’) before and can see that the writer here chose to highlight a five-minute segment from an hour-long lecture as a stand-alone issue. The context should be that Associate Justice Antonin Scalia made a “controversial comment” during an informative lecture on reading law, not the other way around.
Moreover, the headline is absolutely inflammatory given what should have been the content of the piece. How are we as a society or a campus ever going to have a healthy discussion on important issues when the press publishes such needless sensationalism? Perhaps the ‘Prince’ felt pressured to print a headline that mimicked those of other articles published today on the same lecture.
I challenge the editorial staff of the ‘Prince’ to issue a retraction of this article. We deserve to hear the whole, objective story. We deserve to hear everything Scalia, Duncan Hosie ’16 and everyone else said, even if it means having to publish another article.
Ryan Spaude ’16
Regarding “Editorial: Self-scheduled exams” (Monday, Dec. 10, 2012)
I strongly agree with the board’s recommendation for self-scheduled exams and wrote two articles about this issue as an undergraduate, one outlining my argument and one offering a prize to an undergrad who effects this change. While I believe the board’s argument should have focused more on the increase in fairness and a better ability for students to demonstrate their knowledge rather than logistical issues, I think there are many reasons this would be a positive shift for the University.
I would also like to raise the value of the prize offered from $1,000 to $5,000. I encourage any student to work for this change, particularly a freshman or sophomore with significant time left to see the process through from start to finish.
Simon Fox Krauss ’11
Original URL: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2012/12/12/32166/