My last blog post, looking at MariLuz Diaz' "Imagine..." column got a lot of interesting responses. For those who didn't read it, Diaz' column was about usage of the "n-word" and how she felt it was not acceptable. My response was about how I felt that the word was slowly becoming more acceptable.
I was discussing the blog post with the Editor-in-Chief of West Virginia University's newspaper, (aka my girlfriend, Candace Nelson). My "blog influence" at Concord is something that has come up as a topic between us several times. She's impressed that I have decent readership and, more importantly, that people seem to listen to me when I say something.
She was looking through the comments section and asking me about the people. There were a couple anonymous comments, a comment from Justin Grathwohl, one from MariLuz, and a couple from Lindsey Mullins. Grathwohl is a former Concord student who is now working in the Las Vegas area. He was involved in the SGA and was also a former Concordian columnist. MariLuz is the current Opinions Editor of The Concordian. Mullins is the faculty adviser of the paper.
When I told her who Mullins was, she brought up whether or not it was appropriate for Mullins to be making the comments that she was making. That led to Candace writing her own blog post about the subject. Here's the link - http://candacelately.blogspot.com/2010/12/advisers.html
She discusses the role of an adviser, and how she feels as though Mullins was acting unprofessionaly by posting comments about MariLuz' work in my blog.
"Yes, maybe [MariLuz'] writing isn't up to par," Candace writes. "Maybe she needs to do some more work, but when was it ever, ever okay to critique your student's work on the public blog of another student?"
Candace notes the fact that Mullins is representing Concord University as a professor, and that she believes this looks bad on Concord's part - "This adviser is representing her university, and Concord seriously made a flawed decision in hiring this women if this is any indication of how she runs her newspaper."
I've been a member of the newspaper staff under Lindsey Mullins for three semesters. Two as Editor-in-Chief of the paper, and one as a staff writer. My two as EIC were her first two semesters as a professor at Concord. I blogged about Mullins in June, after a chance meeting at Taco Bell. Click here to read that. At the time, she was not coming back to Concord in the fall; however, that obviously changed, as she's still here.
I don't know if I'll have any thoughts on the subject I want to throw out. I'll let Candace's blog post sink in and see what comes out of that. Any thoughts, comments, criticism, etc on the subject from anybody else is welcome and encouraged. As always, anonymous comments are allowed. Keep it civil and relatively clean.