Statement from The Towerlight
As of Friday, Oct. 2, The Towerlight’s editor-in-chief, Carrie Wood, has resigned. Her explanation and statement is on page 5. The Towerlight’s editorial board has elected a new editor-in-chief, who will be announced online at thetowerlight.com later this afternoon.
Meanwhile, we wish to address the recent controversy regarding ‘The Bed Post’ column and its author, ‘Lux.’
We collectively feel that it was a mistake, and a break with Towerlight tradition, to allow an anonymous writer to address such a sensitive topic. Except in very rare and serious situations, The Towerlight policy has been to insist that all stories, letters, opinions and columns in our print edition have a byline.
‘Lux’ wishes to remain anonymous. Therefore her column will no longer appear in the print edition of The Towerlight. Her blog may continue online.
We do not apologize for the sexual content of the column. We wish it had been written less provocatively, and we realize that many readers were offended or simply felt it was inappropriate content for these pages.
However, many other readers did enjoy the column. And we believe it was not out of context on a campus where the administration delivers free cable pornography to some of its residence halls, celebrates ‘condom tasting’ and ‘I <3 female orgasm' at public events, and profits from the sale of sexually-oriented magazines and posters at the University Union.
We reserve the right to print articles on any subject and in any style that the editors feel is appropriate for our audience. We will continue to welcome and encourage critical feedback and to correct mistakes when we make them. We will also continue to defend our rights to free speech.
We are students. We publish The Towerlight for the entire community, but our content is aimed primarily at our fellow students, who deserve open access to their own independent media source on campus. We intend to continue in that role to the best of our abilities, providing news, entertainment, and a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions. We ask our readers to continue to support us.