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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

columnists

The Crimson has announced its Spring columnists. The Ed Board gave them to... THEMSELVES! Alex Slack, Maggie Rossman and Hannah Wright, all Crimson Ed Execs from the fall semester, somehow managed to convince the people they hired to hire them! I can't imagine how that worked out...

In all seriousness, looks like an interesting group. Mr. Schmidt, Ms. O'Brien, Mr. Kavulla, Mr. Goldenberg, don't dissappoint!

6 Comments:

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Piotr said...

Shock! People who have spent 4 years writing OpEds and other opinion pieces (and are familiar with what we are looking for) manage to put together persuasive applications. A comment (pro or con) on the diversity of perspectives represented might be more useful...

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, seems like more of the same. Haven't most of these people already had columns?

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Not that they're not excellent and provocative writers.)

(I was anonymous above.)

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya gotta love the fact that the ed board think that because people who were once on the committee to decide know how to write good applications that means that those applicants are actually the best. I think the Dean of Admissions at Harvard would probably be pretty good at getting in here, too.

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous piotr said...

In so far as "good application" refers to ability to write a pair of compelling OpEds, then of course people who have experience writing, editing and evaluating OpEds are going to tend to be more successful. And "good application" is the means by which we try to decide who would be "best" columnist - what else are we supposed to judge potential columnists on? Hair colour? The application is more or less the only way of attempting to evaluate the potential columnist.

Of course, the "good application" will only correlate, not necessarily precisely match, what ultimately turns out to be "best". The onlymeans of avoiding this effect of experience is by artificially discounting the applications of people who have previously been execs...somehow applying a higher bar to them because of their previous experience. This non-exec affrirmative action would be probablematic: a) arbitrary (how much higher?) and b) unfair (penalize them for past dedication to the Crimson?)

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, only 3 of the columnists (by my count) are returning...

 

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