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Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Note To Daily Cal: Turn Down The Suck
Given, we haven't done this in a while, and Beetle is better at it than we are, but today's edition of the Daily Cal is Horrible (that's right, with a capital "h"). I would not be fulfilling my duty to all of you if I failed to rip on their excessive mediocrity.
The huge marijuana bust, the only thing remotely interesting or new in the paper, isn't even on the front page. It combines city law, federalism issues, and forty pounds of marijuana - how much better can it get? But the article reads like a boring police report... as opposed to a regular police report. Where are all the cool pictures, like from last semester's drug bust? A visible lack of effort.
This is the worst Sex on Tuesday by Sari all year. "Best Pop Quiz Ever" = cheapest cop out ever. Additionally, it looks like one of those stupid chain letter quizzes that clog your email account because your lame friends send them out when they get bored in class. Besides, if I wanted to take more tests, I would drop my political science major. Give me an essay prompt next time.
Speaking of the opinion page, last time I checked, a political cartoon is supposed to be a little subtle - that way, you actually think about it. In this cartoon, Jessica Rifkind decides to use a sledgehammer to get her point across, then takes a laser engraver to tattoo the mark onto your mind. Not entertaining, not thought-provoking, not acceptable.
On to the actual editorials... the "Outside the Budget Box" piece gets the "No Shit Award" for claiming that the ASUC budgeting process is uber-competitive, biased, and handled improperly. You'd think the paper hadn't been around since 1871. Got any better ideas? Send them this way.
Additionally, the Greek-bashing piece was expected (and somewhat deserved), but shows the complete lack of comprehension that the Daily Cal Editorial Staff has of the Greek system here. IFC meets on Wednesday nights to take action, which means that on Tuesday, it should be no shock that action has not been formally approved yet. My discussion with chapter leaders suggests that active discussions are being fostered to propose solutions for the problem. Additionally, there are police and university investigations ongoing - surely, IFC will follow. Finally, singling out Lauren Karasek's comments for sorority silence to the media is ludicrous. Not only did her actions slow the vicious rumor mills that distorted the facts of the incident, but the equation of media silence = inaction is just stupid. I would have loved to see the Daily Cal try to justify quoting a sorority member on the facts of the Pi Kapp incident.
Speaking of justification, I guess I can't blame the Daily Cal for their "Letters To The Editors", but those were kind of lame as well.Email This Post!
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