I am writing to you with major concerns about an article that appeared in the last edition of the Logos reporting on an event called the Cardinal Carnival.
The event was planned and executed by the Campus Activities Board, and as a member of that organization, I find the misrepresentation of the event by a member of the Logos staff to be very concerning. The event was a part of Incarnate Word Day, but the article gives students and faculty a false representation of what the event actually was.
If journalistic integrity is to be upheld, I believe this is a matter that should be addressed. Part of the article quoted a male student, Matt Hilding, who claims the “jocks” had a “secret keg,” and that you could only partake in their party if you were also an athlete or went through an initiation. When Campus Life administrators attempted to contact this student to find out what happened at the event, they found he did not actually exist.
These claims were completely unrelated to the subject of the article, which was the Cardinal Carnival, and are based on completely unfounded rumors no one can shed any light on. The derogatory remarks are also insulting towards the Athletic Department. The article then goes on to mention prizes and a raffle that took place at the carnival, but CAB did not sponsor prizes or a raffle. This claim, too, is a complete fabrication.
Finally, claims are made about what we will have at the Carnival next year, although the Campus Activities Board had not even elected next year’s Executive Council when this event took place. When the Campus Activities Board read the article, we wondered if the reporter actually attended our event, or if he had mistakenly confused our event with something else.
What frustrates me is that a poorly researched and written article that doesn’t concern itself with fact can be published in this paper. When I read the Logos, I read it in order to find out what is actually happening on this campus, not what a reporter decides to make up. I had never considered that what is published in the Logos might be false until this point. However, this was a sloppy, poorly written piece, and on top of that, the reporter lied.
At a university that strives for truth, the least we can do is tell the truth in the campus paper. Please consider your article selection more closely in the future. It is fine if the journalist does not like a campus event, or wants to write an article with the Campus Activities Board in a negative light; however, we would appreciate that the article contains true statements that treat all people associated with the respect that they are due.
CAB VP of Entertainment