Senior column: Cory Rectenwald

If you decide to never report or write for The Campus, that’s fine, but you should know that you’re letting a truly unique opportunity pass you by. At the least, though, you should know what I’ve come to understand about what we do.

By definition, newspapers can’t have opinions. Our only job is to get facts and filter them through a strictly-formed prose. Although we love it when there are great opinion pieces that we can publish, it doesn’t have much to do with what we are really trying to accomplish. It has been this organization’s duty for over a century to find the truth and responsibly publish it. The heart of this mission has never changed and never will. Based on your own convictions, you can decide to interpret news a certain way or agree or disagree with an opinion piece.

I’ve been on this staff during times of great success as well as times of unambiguous error. Of course we make mistakes, but like any good team, we learn from them. Regardless of how much ill will we receive as a staff and publication, if something happens that we know affects the college community, we pursue the details — week in, week out.

Helping to build this publication’s credibility among my peers, professors and the administrators has been an uphill battle. But I’m sure that when I look back, this will be one of the most important challenges that I have ever had the opportunity to take on.