Editorial: Community input key to keeping CNM informed

At a school with a population of more than 30,000, the only way every­one can stay well-informed is if every­one acts as the media.

Often, we are asked why the Chronicle didn’t cover this or that. Usually, the answer is that we didn’t receive a tip about it.

A few weeks ago, there was a report made to security of an alleged employee masturbating on campus. This is the sort of incident that every­one should be aware of. However, secu­rity shares only what is required by law (which isn’t much), and the students who reported that incident never spoke to the paper.

More recently, the MS building was locked down because of a shots fired report. The Chronicle inves­tigated the incident thoroughly, but security and administration refused to release any details as to what happened, which has left the entire CNM commu­nity vulnerable.

Even the lockdown itself was a hazardous situation. Some stu­dents thought it was a building evacuation, some just milled about the hallway confused, many and others didn’t even know some­thing was wrong.

Clearly, students are not being well-informed by administra­tion – even when ignorance poses a serious safety risk. It is in this arena especially that a new source becomes invaluable. We want to keep the public informed on the good and the bad because, in the end, knowledge truly is power.

Staff, faculty and especially students: tell us when you notice something strange on campus. Don’t let fear of retribution keep you quiet. We can say confidently from experience that while admin­istration may not always be happy about what is printed, they respect free speech and won’t dole out punishment to those who speak up.

Come to the office, call us, or send us an email. News is a col­laborative process; we can’t do it without you.

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