September 22, 2020

Editorial: Missing the Mark

Each year Webster University’s student leaders present their top five issues and concerns to the administration. The Delegate’s Agenda is a great tradition that allows students to draw direct attention and feedback from President Stroble and her administrative crew. This past Friday, organization leaders at the Officer’s Summit chose this year’s issues — Sustainability, Transportation Task Force, Integration of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Dissemination of Information and Dining Issues.
The Journal is always supportive of students’ voices being heard. The purpose of the university is to serve the students, and Delegate’s Agenda has proven it does that with changes such as extended hours in the library and the Dining Advisory Board. But, The Journal wonders if student leaders may have missed the mark with this year’s list of concerns.
Sustainability is a noble cause, one The Journal supports on a regular basis by recycling. In the past, Delegate’s Agenda has pitched the idea of a full-time Sustainability Coordinator on campus, a person to lead the environmental efforts of the university. Wind energy may be too radical a change, and too costly, for Webster’s administration to explore.
Parking has again reared its head as an ugly issue on campus. Students will present the case for a transportation task force, which would create a shuttle between the nearest MetroLink station and Webster. The Journal applauds promoting carpooling and getting cars off campus, but knows that many of the officers at the officer’s summit are traditional students who live on campus. We wonder if this is a practical solution to the parking problem.
The issue The Journal finds most inappropriate is the integration of the Conservatory students. Webster prides itself on being a welcoming and open community — we shouldn’t change that by forcing performing arts students to spend more time with what certain students deemed as the “rest of us.” Besides, how often do these “regular” Webster students attempt to support the Conservatory students by attending their shows?
The Journal sees a simple solution for smoothing over the dissemination of information at Webster. Read the weekly student newspaper, available on newsstands Wednesday afternoons. We have a calendar on our website, websterjournal.com, that lists upcoming campus events. The Journal is always open to advertisements from organizations and would love for clubs and departments to pitch their story ideas to us anytime.
As for dining issues, frankly The Journal is getting tired of seeing students on campus complaining about needing healthy food. In the past, when The Journal has written about needing nutritious food on campus, we have been informed that dining facilities stock and sell what the students really want — chicken wings, pizza and French fries. And with a relatively small amount of residential students, past efforts to keep dining facilities open late have failed (ask any of the workers in the Kaldi’s café in the library.)
Hopefully at the Delegate’s Agenda, presenters will have well-formed, well-researched and strong arguments to present to Stroble and the vice presidents. After reading the initial list, The Journal is skeptical, but hopes the organization leaders at Webster prove us wrong.


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