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Today's word on journalism

Monday, November 5, 2007

On Objectivity:

"I still insist that 'objective journalism' is a contradiction in terms. But I want to draw a very hard line between the inevitable reality of 'subjective journalism' and the idea that any honestly subjective journalist might feel free to estimate a crowd at a rally for some candidates the journalist happens to like personally at 2,000 instead of 612 -- or to imply that a candidate the journalist views with gross contempt, personally, is a less effective campaigner than he actually is."

-- Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear & Loathing: CORRECTIONS, RETRACTIONS, APOLOGIES, COP-OUTS, ETC., a 1972 memo to Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner, excerpted in the current (November 2007) issue of Harper’s Magazine (Thanks to alert WORDster Andy Merton)

Get rid of 20-hour student work week

By Whitney Hancock

October 1, 2007 | In college, most students agree that we have a work-to-live state of mind. This is an unfortunate but true reality in the life of a student. Even more unfortunate, perhaps, is the fact that students are limited to a 20-hour work week for on-campus jobs.

This is simply an unnecessary regulation.

Utah State University offers many on-campus jobs. This is a great opportunity for students, keeping them close to campus, not overworking them, and promoting academic success in harmony with working life. On-campus jobs allow students an opportunity to work in an environment among their peers, sometimes in their area of study, even closely with professors in some cases, providing excellent networking possibilities.

But the 20-hour limit is simply not enough to alleviate the financial stress of our realities. The cost of living and learning as a student is astronomical, and it continues to rise each year. Increasing tuition and housing rates take their toll on the student body. Many are financially supported by parents or guardians. But many are also financially independent.

While on-campus jobs can create great opportunities for students, because of the 20-hour limit, many students have to look elsewhere to ensure financial stability. We generally live paycheck to paycheck, and if a poll were administered campus-wide, a surprising number would admit to having to work multiple jobs. It all comes down to this: in many cases, 20 hours is simply not enough at university wages.

The whole idea behind the 20-hour limit is that students will be able to have sufficient time to focus on their studies. But by enforcing this 20-hour limit, too many students feel the need to have second or even third jobs, creating more stress and less time. This need to have multiple jobs requires even more time and dedication than the student might have to give, totally negating the motivation behind the regulation itself. But we students do what we must do in order to get by.

If the university would rid itself of this 20-hour regulation for on-campus jobs, students wouldn't feel the need to look elsewhere for work as well. A simple solution might be to increase wages. But let's be realistic here. Just get rid of the 20-hour work limit. Let the students decide what they can handle.


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