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University should share information

On April 13, 2010

No one knows it all. As journalists, we sure wish that we did, though.

As students at Ottawa University, we mostly just want to be informed of the things happening on campus that involve us, no matter how small or unimportant they may seem to the OU administration.

We take note on the small things on campus because it's our job to be the informant as the media on campus. However, there should also be some sort of communication between staff, faculty and students when changes are coming to the university.

This communication doesn't have to be big, or elaborate or even really professional. We just think it's important that we know when that sidewalk is going to be ripped up or that new security guard is hired.

There's no reason not to just send out an e-mail telling us what's happening. It doesn't take very long to write one, and it will only help relations between the administration and students.

If the administration doesn't tell us things, it's only going to make students paranoid. We're less likely to trust what we're told when we're not told anything.

A good example is the couches in the union. A couple of weeks ago they were turned over and students were told not to sit on them.

Either people in authority didn't know or wouldn't tell why the couches were turned over.

Either way that kind of behavior over something as simple as couches leads us to believe they would hide more important things from the student body.

Sometimes these things may seem insignificant to a college student, but really, we do have an interest in the campus. As much as a coach or admissions representative recruited us, we chose this university.

We chose this university for the small-school feel, the feeling of community and mutual support that could be had here. While this school doesn't live up perfectly to that reputation, no school does but we should at least be trying.

We think it's important to know about our little community rather than just waking up to a jack- hammer, or calling security and getting some person we've never even seen before.

Whether starting construction or hiring construction now is necessary, these things affect our lives as students.

Wouldn't it just be a common courtesy to keep the people living on or coming to campus every day informed?

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