This story is from the desk of The Pace Press' Editor in Chief Olivia Beteta.
On Feb. 5, 2014, The Pace Press, Pace University’s student run newspaper, published the “big” issue. There isn’t a journalism program at the New York City campus so the few of us on the executive board, editors, business managers, etc., have spent the past few years proving our dedication to the paper. Yet, with each passing year we found it harder to operate with the constraints of the administration, namely the lack of support we felt from the higher ups. Every year our funding was cut, but we were far from the only club who felt their needs were being ignored. Additionally, students were suffering from tuition spikes, many of which seemed to be without cause.
After a rather large funding cut in the fall of 2013, we at The Pace Press felt we could no longer suffer these injustices without responding. Our e-board spent the fall semester through winter break planning, researching and writing stories for the issue. By the end we had five well written stories. Not to mention, salary information sourced from official tax documents. Stories about the exorbitant cafeteria prices, the lack of disability resources in the library, the underfunding of clubs and tales of the often overlooked commuter student filled our pages.
We were excited (to say the least), as we geared up to release the issue. But, there was a tinge of nervousness about the consequences. As soon as our 1,000 copies were delivered we went crazy on social media and began passing out the issue to anyone we saw. The response from the student body was incredibly positive. We even saw support from some unlikely faculty and alumni. However, as with any article, or issue of this type (one where people and departments are directly named and displayed in a not so flattering light) there was backlash. To date, we've only been reprimanded by a few angry administrators. What they don’t realize is their words are exactly what we wanted. The point of the issue was and IS an attempt to open a dialogue between administration and the student body.
My hope is that our issue will inspire other students who are suffering injustices to break their silence. Words are powerful and one or two well researched articles can do a lot to inspire change. Now, more than ever, we are seeing students on campus question big changes. The same can happen at your school! So instead of accepting the status quo, get up and do something.
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