Where are you going? I ask myself this question before making all major decisions. It brought me to Rochester. It guided me to the flagpoles and roundabout entrance of the RIT campus, GPS chiming in with “turn left” and then “you have reached your destination.”
What I got out of the experience, how you can do the same, and why you should.
Editor's note for the March 2017 issue of Reporter.
Journalists and the community must work together.
A letter from Thomas Lasalle: "How RIT Hockey saved me from the depths of depression during a troubling time in my life and grew on me rather quickly."
I recently finished reading “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris Hadfield, one of the most decorated astronauts in history and the first Canadian to walk in space. This book was a treasure trove of little wisdom nuggets, but the one that stuck with me the most was Hadfield’s point of view on what he calls “the big moments”: “If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time.”
I know I don't need to reiterate this, but it has been a painful election cycle for all of us. Finally, while this issue is still on stands, the beginning of the end will take the nation by storm. We will either have our first woman president, or our first reality television star. I'll let you guess which one I'm rooting for.
A letter to the editor about the recent election.
We need to stick together if we're going to get through the next four years.
Thoughts on the results of the election.
A response to a Views piece by Bailey Gribben on the subject of the legality of fanfiction.
I've seen people be critiqued on just about everything: their hair, their outfit, their choice of major, their hobbies, hobbies they don't have. I've seen people be judged for reading and for not reading, for enjoying something a little too much or too loudly or in the wrong way, for not smiling, for saying the wrong thing, for not saying anything. I've heard bystanders comment on every aspect of someone's life that they know nothing about.
We live in a culture full of technology that claims to unmask, disambiguate and demystify the obscure. We have Netflix to give us access to movies that would have otherwise been hidden to us and social media to connect us with people to whom we would never have otherwise had the chance to speak. We in the developed world have access to education, information and entertainment in unprecedented volumes.
My first ever editor's note ran in the Orientation Issue two years ago. It encouraged the students to wake up, get involved and get a little mad about the world around them. For my last editor's note, I want to encourage students to do one of RIT's buzzwords: innovate.
St. Patrick's Day is nearly here, which means the luck of the Irish is upon us. Or is it?
Recently it was made known to the campus that decisions had been made at the administrative level to arm a portion of RIT's Public Safety on campus in anticipation of a possible dangerous situation. It has been made known that these long guns would not be used in any situation other than one in which there is an armed intruder on campus attempting to harm students and faculty.
I'm preparing right now to graduate and actually begin a real life. These are my last few weeks of college, and this is my last issue of Reporter. It's been real.
Arming Public Safety is a great step, but we need to allow people with concealed carry permits to start carrying their guns on campus.
Students that are upset about Public Safety arming a portion of their officers should be upset because of past issues with the department.
It's great that we're taking measures to stop a mass shooting, but why aren't we improving RIT's Counseling Center to prevent mass shootings as well?
RIT is a private university, so we shouldn't prevent Robin Thicke from performing here.
It's a great time time to be alive. That's not to say things are necessarily good, or life is necessarily easy. On the contrary, while the reader of this editorial is likely preparing for at least a decade of student debt while barely able to afford a proper meal, it may not seem like a great time to be alive.
People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it.