Facebook post gets students, faculty and alumni debating

SARA WEINREIS

sjweinreis09@ole.augie.edu

“I used to be proud to say I love my college. But if I were a freshman or sophomore this year, I’d transfer too.”

On Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, these words were echoed in classrooms, hallways and the commons in response to a Facebook post the night before.

The post, from senior Kelly Wong, appeared on Augustana’s page at 10:16 p.m. on Thursday. By Friday afternoon, the post had over 100 “Likes” and over 80 comments.

Students cited problems such as a lack of community, an obvious divide between the administration and the students, tuition rates and the heightened police presence on campus as sources of their discontent.

“The matter itself is being hashed out with administration and faculty and those of us who commented wish we hadn’t,” senior Gentry Pletts said.

Rebuttals came from students and alumni who argued that the education has not changed, who were not sympathetic to police patrolling campus and who were surprised at the student body’s response to the post.

“I think the response was so overwhelming because Augustana’s student and alumni are intelligent,” alumnus Daniel Bock, ’12, said.

“The post was silly and misguided and I think the majority of the people who responded caught on to that fact and called the dissenters out. If you have complaints, that is awesome– but please be specific and be genuine.”

1 comment for “Facebook post gets students, faculty and alumni debating

  1. DA
    September 21, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I understand that a tilt is inevitable on an issue like this, but the sentiment left at the end was a bit distasteful. This was not a case of students speaking out for the pure purpose of being disruptive.

    We are beyond the ability to be hushed as simply adolescent. But the criticism you make in this is that the vagueness of the complaints also serves as inhibitor of legitimacy. And yet you list four points that coalesced. Rising tuition costs, the split between students and administration, the increased police presence. The lack of community that all of these combined create.

    And yet here you address no solution but simply pick at the lack of cohesion the ‘dissenters’ held. Do not disrespect your fellow students or use a mouthpiece of the student body to do so unless you’re willing to at least fake a degree of empathy for some of their plight.

    DA

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