Letters to the Editor (Issue 2, 2019-20)

Loki Olin, Editor-in-Chief, Print

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“The horoscopes were original, creative, and comical. I hope the entire Urban community can appreciate them.”
— Melia Fillipow ‘20

Dear Melia,
I also loved the horoscopes, and I am glad they appealed to the Urban community’s great sense of humor.
— Loki

“This is no joke, I actually live for The Urban Legend. It is the highlight of my year when the legend comes out, sometimes my life is so sad and bleak (not to get personal) that I just need the legend to cheer me up.”
— Reader ‘20

Dear Reader,
Reading the Urban Legend is also the highlight of my year.
— Loki

“Hello, I wish that the Urban Legend had been more able to address serious issues that affect the lives of some of the students at Urban. I believe that the publication should be catered to reporting on the current lives of Urban students, and it should not be the primary care of the paper to be worried about what prospective parents or students might think. I know that this does not come down on the writers and journalists behind the Urban Legend, but it is still something to consider. Also, underclassmen should not be writing articles about the causes of stress for upperclassmen, and in particular seniors. It is not their place. That being said, thank you guys for the rest of the work. I thoroughly enjoyed the zodiac signs section.”
— Reader ‘20

Dear Reader,
We do strive to cover all the serious issues affecting Urban students, and we never decide against covering a topic simply because it is uncomfortable to discuss or because it could reflect negatively on the school. That being said, there are multiple reasons we may not be able to publish an article. Occasionally, we are unable to gather enough reliable information on a topic to inform an article. Perpetuating misinformation would undermine the importance of the issue at hand, so we refrain from publishing ill-informed articles – even if they do cover relevant issues. In other cases, our relationship with Urban’s administration affects the articles we publish. Each cycle, we provide the administration with a brief list of the articles we plan on publishing. If an article we wish to write is deemed problematic by Urban’s administration, we may be prohibited from publishing it – regardless of our own stance on the issue. However, we have no such relationship with Urban’s admissions program. As a result, prospective parents and students have no impact on what we choose to publish. Deciding which articles to write is a complex and multi-faceted process, and we do our best to navigate this process in order to cover as many pressing topics as we can. If you wish to learn more about our goals as a publication, check out the story written by Eli Gordon, my fellow Editor-in-Chief, on page 11.
— Loki