Student opinions play a vital role at NKU

Who really cares about editorials?

On most days they’re wedged in the back of the paper, behind the obituaries or classified ads. They seem like a formality, included only to preserve a tradition that lost it’s meaning long ago.

In fact, local newspaper readers are probably more familiar with Enquirer Cartoonist Jim Borgman than Enquirer Columnist Peter Bronson.

That’s not to fault anyone. People are busy. Bills need to be paid. It’s easier and faster to flip on MSNBC and let the news float into your brain in thirty second sound bites. Especially when there’s homework to do or dinner to make. You can’t write a research paper on the history of Europe when your eyes are glued to a newspaper.

Besides, who doesn’t already get enough opinions during the course of a normal day? Whether it’s the Reds, the weather, the War on Terrorism or any other thing that happens down the line, someone is willing to tell you what they think about it. At the end of a long day, who wants to sit and read what other people think about the world around them?

NKU is different.

The Student Government Association has influence over important decisions at NKU. A student representative has a seat on the Board of Regents.

NKU is expanding quickly. It’s changing every year. Anyone who needs evidence should stroll by the new Science building where classes are now being held. The University is also expanding its partnerships and associations.

In the midst of all this are students. Without them the institution falls apart. Administrators know this and that’s why they want to know what students think. In order for them to proceed they need to know what’s on their public’s mind. If not, how will they retain who they have while recruiting new students?

This is why editorials matter. They can be the base, the first call, the bugle at the crack of dawn, to alert administrators of your views and ideas for the present and future of Northern.

Consider this a call for thoughtful, relevant editorials and opinion pieces. Give your ideas and thoughts a larger forum. Let faculty, staff and other students know what’s on your mind.

We’re interested and others are too.