Friday, February 23, 2018

25 Years Ago in Nexus: February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

Still senseless?: In his Earth Person Commentary column in our February 8, 1993 issue, writer Alan Callbeck said that humanity is “moving toward increased senselessness, a depersonalized reality where emotional expression, intellectualization and simple human contact have been reduced by the way we live, work and behave.” So, it’s 25 years later, and our question, to Callbeck—if he’s reading this—and to our readers in general, is this: have we reached that point?

Still not good: This issue had a focus on sexual harassment; in the editorial, writer Elizabeth Rotenburger said that if we could “cultivate some respect for one another, the hideous and degrading problem of sexual harassment could be solved. This, though, would be an ideal world and we, unfortunately, live in the real one.” But Rotenburger had hope, adding that just because “the world is not perfect, however, is certainly not a sufficient excuse to renege on the obligation we have to each other as fellow human beings.” Made sense then, makes sense now.

Still blushing: In this issue, former Nexus photos editor S. Paul Varga wrote in to sing our praises. “I wish The Nexus all the best and urge anyone who ever read a newspaper to get involved in a most rewarding venture—volunteering for the best looking and reading college community newspaper I have seen.” Thanks, Paul. And to you, dear reader: we’re still taking on new volunteers, just FYI.

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