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Sep. 30th, 2010

Weevil, Journalist

The Readers' Forum Has Moved

We were tired of readers having to click that useless "Adult Content Notice" because there is clearly none of that here... Also, we didn't want our readers to have to watch videos before they could read the forum.

We have now moved the Readers' Forum to http://www.uamvoice.wordpress.com.


Sep. 28th, 2010

Weevil, Journalist

Missing The Point

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-4/commentary/homecoming

I think the point was missed that these opinion articles are opinions. If you read an opinion section of any other newspaper, columns and opinion articles are filled with those writers opinions. And, just like The Voice does, those newspapers have warnings that these are the opinions of the author, not the newspaper or company. College newspapers have all the same rights as "real" newspapers, so why should The Voice be held to a different standard?

UAM has different publications it puts out, like the Alumni magazine, where it publishes things PR from media services. The UAM Voice isn't a media services publication, so it should publish the good and the bad at the university.

I personally didn't agree with everything Susan wrote, but I commend her for being brave enough to do her job and state her opinion in what can obviously be a hostile forum. I was very active on campus as well and was in a sorority, so some of the comments she used from others in her opinion piece angered me a little, but they are entitled to their opinions as are anyone else.

Great job, Susan!

-Danielle Kloap
Weevil, Journalist

Homecoming: It's Only My Opinion

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-4/commentary/homecoming

To Whom It May Concern:

I read both of the articles regarding the UAM Homecoming Court and its new election process.

I wanted to write a response because I did see that a female student's comments that were used in the article mentioned me.

When I was named a nominee, I never thought that I had even a meager chance at winning simply because I wasn't the stereotypical nominee--both because I am a minority and because I consider myself to be an average looking female. I felt, more or less, that it was the equivalent to high school homecoming courts which are basically popularity contests. After the voting process was done, I was genuinely surprised how the court represented many different ethnic groups (Caucasian, African-American, Asian, and Bi-racial). I will concede that during that time, I heard all kinds of rumors flying around about what certain individuals may or may not have done to get on the court. I think that kind of gossip is what leads to the trivialization of homecoming courts, beauty contests, etc. Additionally, it's really not fair to the individuals that have not engaged in that sort of behavior.

After reading both articles, I was pleased when to hear about the new changes. During my year, the women only had to be nominated by an organization and later the student body voted on the requisite number of women. It seemed pretty simple to me at the time; however, I did feel like there should have been more structure. Too, that all the women should have been made aware of the responsibility that goes along with representing the university. With these new changes, I think that there could possibly be a different variety of women to the Court. Plus, it may add a bit of respectability and integrity to the court. It remains to be seen though.

That's just "my" opinion.

Thanks for taking the time to read my message. I appreciate it.

- Special Sanders
Weevil, Journalist

Jay Hughes Piece

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-4/news/hughes

I enjoyed your piece on Mr. Jay Hughes. I am his Graduate Assistant and it what you wrote really does reflect him personally and professionally!
Colt Roan
Weevil, Journalist

Fact checking

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-4/commentary/staff

Mr. Fox's editorial claims Bush Jr. turned a multi-million dollar surplus into a trillion dollar deficit. This is factually untrue. Under Bush Jr., the deficit barely reached 500 billion dollars. http://www.rayfowler.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/deficit_obama.jpg http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/02/03/GR2008020300149.gif

-Colt Roan
Weevil, Journalist

Susan's Op-Ed on Homecoming

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-4/commentary/homecoming

My concern with Susan Pruitt's opinion pieces is primarily with her insensitivity to language and audience. Unfortunately, the language will distract perhaps the most important members of her audience (those who disagree with her) and undermine any possiblity of thoughtful debate. Instead of encouraging her readers to seriously consider her perspective, she gives her audience reason to be offended and an easy excuse to quickly reject her writings.

We live in an age of "shock" psuedo-journalism and editorials full of spurious arguments and wild speculation. My hope is that Dr. Sitton will reinforce to his staff the desire of UAM to have a newspaper of the highest quality. We have no desire at UAM to discourage freedom of expression. What we do desire is to produce thoughtful, mature thinkers who thoroughly understand the lessons of context, audience, purpose, and ocassion--that how something is said is just as important as what is said.

Mark Spencer, Dean
School of Arts and Humanities

Sep. 24th, 2010

Weevil, Journalist

Op-Ed piece on Homecoming in THE VOICE

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-3/commentary/Homecoming

I question the appropriateness and necessity of the following sentence in an op-ed piece about homecoming: “To the guys, voting for a certain girl will not increase your chances of getting laid.”

I’ve been informed that a number of readers are offended by the sentence, and I believe that the vulgarity was unnecessary and inappropriate in the context of our university newspaper and that it could have been easily avoided by writing the following: “To the guys, voting for a certain girl will not increase your chances of getting a date with her.”

Mark Spencer, Dean
School of Arts and Humanities
University of Arkansas at Monticello

Sep. 22nd, 2010

Weevil, Journalist

Susan Pruitt editorial

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-3/commentary/Homecoming

I really liked this article because it brings up a good point. I also wonder why students that are going half time aren't able to participate in anything like this either. If we all pay our money to go then why can't we participate? Everyone enrolled should have a shot at being on the court too...in my opinion they should do away with a homecoming court. We are not in high school anymore.

Just my opinion!


Stephanie H.
Weevil, Journalist

Homecoming Time ... Again ... a comment

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-3/commentary/Homecoming

I would like to commend Susan Harmon for a wonderful commentary, titled, "Homecoming Time...Again". I thought it was wonderful written. To me it spoke the untold truth of what really happens to get on Homecoming court. I find that it really is a popularity contest. I have always thought there should be a rule to how many times one can be nominate for the court and even to get onto the court. Homecoming should be about what you do for your school, not who you know how pretty you are or even how many people you know.
I would like to see more "risky" commentaries much like the one that was written here.

Brittany Dean
Weevil, Journalist

Homecoming article

In response to: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-3/commentary/Homecoming

I, as a homecoming nominee and a student of UAM, have a major complaint to make about the Homecoming article. The individual who wrote this article apparently has no clue how the process was run this year. ANY recognized student organization could nominate a girl for homecoming provided that she fell under the specified guidelines. These were:
1. Each nominee must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
2. Each nominee must have 60 credit hours, 24 of those being UAM credit hours
3. She must be currently be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours and intend to enroll in a minimum of 12 hours in the spring semester
4. The nominee may have never been elected UAM homecoming queen in the past.
5. She must have no disciplinary record
Each nominee needs to have a high enough GPA that shows they can handle university life and the stresses and responsibilities of class. The same goes for the credit hours. How will someone with less than 2 semesters of UAM credits know how to represent the university to the public? We want UAM to be represented by someone who takes their academics very seriously. The queen receives a scholarship covering 12 hours in the spring. In order to receive that, she must be a full time student now and be one in the spring. It says that she cannot have been UAM Queen in the past. And that she must have no disciplinary record. NOWHERE does it say that they must look a certain way, be a certain age, or do certain things to be on homecoming court.. I am married, 21, and am not a “Barbie doll” but, I’m on homecoming court. In fact, quite a few of the other girls don’t fit the stereotypical homecoming court image that was described. I think it is incredibly disrespectful to the people who are participating in this year’s homecoming as well as past and future homecomings that someone would be so disrespectful about a tradition that this university has held for so long. Maybe if the woman who wrote this article would go out and be more involved in the campus, she would understand that Homecoming is NOT a popularity contest, it is a tradition and a way to represent UAM.
I also thing that she should remember that The Voice is open to the public… it is not only a UAM-viewable publication. This means that when people read this who don’t attend UAM or our Alumni read this, it leads them to believe that Homecoming is now a way for “guys to get laid” and girls to make false friends. This is not true. If someone wants to put their opinions on the internet, they need to get themselves a blog where they can fuss all they want BUT, they should not put demeaning opinions about university traditions on a website tied to the university.
I hope that all of this will be taken into consideration when future articles are published. I also am expecting some sort of a response.

Thank you for your time,
Cortney Thompson

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