Because I am sure no one outside of the RPI campus reads the Polytechnic Online, many of you might not be aware that the latest issue features four pieces about the controversy surrounding WRPI-FM, the student-run radio station.
Because Metroland has virtually no audience on our campus, I highly doubt that you are aware of the featured article that was printed in the newsweekly last Thursday . . . The article began by correctly describing WRPI as a student-led station but quickly degraded into a festival of slander and moaning by individuals from the community who lost the privilege to host a show.
I have to admit "A festival of slander and moaning" is pretty hot.
At the lowest point, the article not only referred to the student leaders of WRPI as “Brownshirts,” but made sure the reference to the Nazi censoring organization was clear.
My article made no attempt to compare the evil, misguided thugs of the Nazi regime and the kids over at RPI. That corralation was drawn by one of the former community members of WRPI, who felt shafted by her dismissal from the station. The comparison was made in what we in the biz call a "quote."
If you are further interested in the subject of WRPI, and the changes that may be underway, read student reporter Cara Riverso's fine piece "Changes at WRPI Cause Debate" (the article is much better then the headline). The article does well to detail the causes for the tensions surrounding WRPI. Though, in writing:
Though there is some truth in the article, it is heavily slanted toward those community members who felt taken advantage of, at least in part due to the fact that WRPI leaders declined comment.
Riverso missed the point. I would say that this was due completely to the fact the leaders of WRPI did not wish to comment, and instead, as I stated in the article, directed me to the dean of students.