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The Milton Measure

[Archives] Editorial From the LXVIII Board

by The Milton Measure on Friday, April 25th, 2014

“When we asked a Third Classman recently how the school newspaper might be improved, he advised us to set fire to the Orange and Blue room, after first ensuring that we would be locked into that burning chamber. We suspect that the Third Classman was expressing the sentiments of more than a few, who apparently feel that the Orange and Blue will always remain a moribund institution, serving no useful function as a disseminator of news.

We dissent from that opinion. The Orange and Blue need not be a meaningless newspaper with nothing of importance to say to the school if it can be so genuinely disturbing that the students are forced to shake of their apathy. To that end, several important changes, both in the editorial policy and in content, have been instituted in this issue.

On the front page, for example, appears the first review of The Lit ever to appear in the Orange and Blue, or anywhere else, as far as we know. Perhaps some of our statements may seem vitriolic at first reading, but we assure our readers that we would have altered them if we had felt that they were at all unjustified.

Our detractors are probably saying, “What difference does all this make, anyhow? The important matter is what actually happens at Milton, and not what the newspaper happens to feel about that event.” We do not share this opinion. Admittedly, the Orange and Blue is a product of students whose views are not always coherent or enlightening. But we believe that what is written in these pages is all the more important, precisely because these are the opinions of Milton students. Only by analyzing our feelings toward a subject, rule, or sport, whether we are “qualified” or not, will the Orange and Blue become the “genuine forum of student opinion” which so many advocate and which so few do anything about.

If this paper is to become the accurate voice of the school, we must be given some barometer of the students’ feelings. If no one writes angry letters to the Editor when there is obviously some matter worthy of comment, and if students have to be approached to write articles, the staff of the Orange and Blue cannot be expected to produce a paper which gives fair and accurate representation to all. While the individual act may well be more important than what we say about it, it is nevertheless our responsibility to examine its implications and place it in the proper prospective. With your help, advice and criticism, we shall do just that.”

-Jesse Lyle Kornbluth ‘63

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