Manager Wayne Scott has
retired to "grow up before I
grow old'.' Photo by Michael Williams
It's My Job
Yearbook cat, Dr. "Kachoo" (a.k.a.
Dr. Choo) is all play and no work.
Louie Ingelhart, the "Dean of
Student Publications Managers," once delivered himself of an
opinion which, at the time, I
thought quite mad. He said,
"When an editor takes office, I
shake hands, and when he/she
leaves office, I shake hands
again. In the interim, I leave
I told him he either had the
cushiest job in this field, or that
he had a feeble grasp of his function. This was not entirely kind,
nor was it a proper response.
I have learned that editors, or
any bright student for that matter, want to do a good job, to
achieve a niche and to stretch
Often, the best one can do is to
leave the student alone to do
That's what I've tried to do,
except in rare instances, which
are not the norm. After all, most
students are not Eric Hoffer's
True Believer, nor are they fools.
A few students might have escaped prematurely from familial
authority and feel a need to exercise rage, but they are few.
A Student Publications Manager-Advisor is roughly akin to
being the cruise director on the
Titanic. You know it's risky, but
why not enjoy the ride?
In the first place, nobody
knows what the press is supposed to do, which is inform and
entertain as accurately as possible.
In the second place, almost
everybody gets mad at the press,
usually because it (a) got something wrong, or (b) ignored an
event of vital importance to you.
It's almost a no-win situation
for the press, and I include all
newspapers, TV and radio — not
just the college press.
Lastly, as A. J. Liebling once
cited in his masterwork, The
Press, "Freedom of the press is
relegated to those who own one."
What makes the campus press
so vigorous is that students have
access to the newspaper and the
yearbook. Many do not know
this, despite regular entreaties
from both publications to write
letters, opinion pieces or gripes.
The campus newspaper is
closer to its readers than almost
any other medium, with the possible exception of a small town
paper writing for an art colony or
a feisty New England township
divided by caste.
The work has been gratifying,
the acquaintances many and the
joy of seeing students moving on
to excel unparalleled.
I'm leaving to write books and
other things. Or as a friend observed, I am leaving to grow up
before I grow old.
A last word? Yes: Be certain
you are right and prove it, then
print it, and let the lawyers worry about it.
— Wayne Scott
"Freedom of the press is relegated to
those who own one." — A. G. Liebling
HOUSTONIAN STAFF — Liz
Hargis (co-editor), Mary Valle
(organization and greeks editor),
Mark Lacy (managing editor), Lara
Schultz (co-editor), Sandhya
Sanghani (layout editor).
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