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Observer fails to acknowledge event programmers

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Brian Browne

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Opinion
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On behalf of the University Program Board (UPB), I would like to commend The Observer on the topic selected for the Sept. 18 editorial ("Student groups deserve credit for programming"). As an organization of programmers, we realize how much time and energy students dedicate to planning events for the sake of the whole campus, and we would like to reiterate The Observer's thank you to student programmers.

The numerous events that happen every week, through the dedication of many students within many organizations, make Case Western Reserve University a rich and vibrant community of learners and educators. Without such events and the students committed to programming them, our campus would lack the social outlet that rounds out our experiences.

Again, UPB would like to echo The Observer's thank you to student programmers. However, we would strongly encourage that The Observer recognize student programmers the way they advocate others to do. At least two articles have been printed in The Observer about events planned and executed by students without mention to the organization or students putting these events together.

Whether it's Spot Night, Springfest, or the Case Association of Student Athletes' Blue CWRU program, all students who program deserve recognition, and The Observer should be sure to recognize the programmers in events highlighted in the paper. I had a recent conversation with the focus section editor and the editor-in-chief of the paper, but this problem persists.

Last week's editorial demonstrates hypocrisy on behalf of The Observer. For the sake of living up to their own call to recognize those students who work tirelessly to bring events and life to our campus, we hope that The Observer as well as all members of the Case community will take the time to thank those who put on programs and think about the contribution these students are making to our campus.
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