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FROM THE EDITOR Stop and think before you critique If you’ll notice the gray box to the right of this editorial you will discover that yes, we are a news­ paper that promotes free speech and we believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Therefore, I do not necessarily agree with the letter to the editor I have received from professor Ed Callahan, but I am thankful that he felt free enough to voice his con­ cerns about this newspaper. I do not however, apologize in any way for the last issue of The Prospector. This is a student-run newspaper. It is not a professional newspaper, we are not career veterans of jour­ nalism. We are students and we are learning as we go along. We work with a limit­ ed staff and are open to any new members. They do not have to be expe­ rienced writers, they just have to be willing to put the effort out and learn a new style of writ­ ing. I realize that the stories in the last issue were not without their little misgivings. And I don’t pre­ tend to be a professional editor. The most important aspect to the last newspaper wasn’t the lack of journalistic experience, it was the original concerns the students were expressing that are impor­ tant. They may not have written up to Ed Callahan’s professional stan­ dards, but they have accomplished what they were working for, they got people talking. The stories in the last paper were meant to open the eyes of the leaders on this campus as to what the students concerns really are and I believe they have done that. These students have brought their concerns out into the open and have in turn opened them­ selves to criticism. I applaud them for the courage to write what they truly believe rather g than cover it up because | they don’t want to “step ^ on any toes” around S, campus. It took courage •o for them to stand-up for o what they believe in and allow it to be printed for everyone to see. This just shows that they are people of strong char­ acter. People who were offended by these stories may want to re-think the true meaning behind them. There is a point to each and every one of those stories and I hope that the efforts the writers have made to begin a healthy dialogue to T h e P r o s p e c t o r A student publication of Carroll College Editor in Chief Staff Writers Kayla Corrigan Laurel Cifala Desktop Editor Kristy Gilreath Dalisha Phillips Nicole Greff Mike Stratman Advertising Director Nathan Casey Anjalie Graham Annie Heffelfinger Gabi Cote Faculty Adviser Denise Kile Stefanie Evans Prof. Brent Northup Katherine Greiner Intern Writers Mark Smillie Brent Koning Kate Wilson Luke Fortune Annie Heffelfinger Kelsey Moran Ashhley Moore Marti Alltucker Chris Mattix Rebecca Coulter Joey Camozzi Courtney Taylor Photographer/Photo Editor Katie Stiel All students of all majors and years can join the Prospector Staff. If interested in joining our staff, contact Editor Kayla Corrigan at 447-4521. The Prospector welcomes expressions of the views of its readers. Letters must be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the writer. Letters are subject to editing for brevity. HOW TO CONTACT US: Mail your letters to Carroll Prospector; Saints Central #251018; 1601 North Benton Avenue; Helena, MT 59625 ore-mail us at: improve campus doesn’t go unno­ ticed. Stifling freedom of speech is not going to make these issues go away: silencing the voice of stu­ dents who don't write as well as an English professor, would only stifle the healthy dialogue these students have worked hard to start. The writers are only asking for a little consideration to the issues they raised. They are not trying to change the whole campus, they just have some concerns. This is a pretty healthy way for these students to vent their prob­ lems with this campus. And just a little friendly reminder, if you want to see absolutely perfect journalism don’t read a student-run newspaper. Editor-in-chief The Prospector promotes I T Tin A i ? r K L L L l U J V 1 U r S p e e c h If there is an issue you would like to address, please submit a letter to the editor or an editorial of your own. Send letters to: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2005 VOLUME 88, NO. 6

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 06 April 2005, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.