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Date Posted: Thu, March 31 2005, 15:20:23
Author: Award winning journalism
Subject: It's time to write a letter

Did anyone read the Shorthorn Editorial Wednesday? They said that UTA is mostly a commuter school. They didn't say commuter school image, they said "is a commuter school".

That is completely false. First of all they didn't define what commuter school is. How many people driving from what distances classify this school as commuter?

Answer: 85% of the UTA population live within a 5-mile radius of campus. I wouldn't call that commuter, especially with nearly 5,000 students living actually on-campus. 25% of a 25,000 student pop living on campus. That's huge. And if investors got smart and redeveloped the areas surrounding campus we'd have a heck of a lot more living w/in .5 miles. Two nice apartments near the downtown area or on West UTA Blvd. would do the trick.

Back to the point, there is no way that The Shorthorn has the authority or the privilege to be name calling UTA and classifying it as a commuter school.

We need as many people as possible to drag up as many comparable facts as possible and start writing them some letters. Compare: Sam Houston, Lamar, UT, TCU, UNT. All good schools to compare for different reasons.

Furthermore, The Shorthorn really ought to find new people to quote, they use the same students over and over and over again. Musa Ashuqairi. This guyu has been on this campus a really long time and has been working in the UC almost as long. He's right there next door and so they always quote him. Now that's just lazy journalism. The Shorthorn always seems to find the most untypical students to quote.

If you want to shed the UTAsian image, then shed it. Diversify your audience and stop quoting the same people over and over again. Find a more representative audience. They could spend more time in the Business Building and also the dept. of communications/liberal arts schools instead of the next door engineering bldgs. It's so close. They just seem too lazy to really go out and cover the campus. They just stand in front of their own building and wait for people to pass them by or they go to the same old tired people over and over. This present a real journalism problem. It's called fair and balanced. They're not receiving a balanced perspective of the whole campus. and without that, you're worthless.

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