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Personal blogs should be professional

8 December 2011 By Kathleen Quinn 10 Comments

I know that Alex Glaze writes a blog that is not part of The Towerlight.

However, his work outside of the realm of your publication is reflective of The Towerlight.

After Towson’s football loss on Saturday, Mr. Glaze posted a blog post, “Should Spadola Have Played?” targeting a Tweet he came across by a Lehigh football player.

Glaze accuses Ryan Spadola of using a “racial slur.”

Yet, a quick archive search of Mr. Glaze’s Twitter reveals 19 Tweets to him from his followers using the SAME term as a term of endearment, friendship and familiarity.

Mr. Glaze Tweeted back to these people in a friendly manner.

Why? Because he knows well that the word “nigga” is NOT a racial slur.

It is very irresponsible to post a blog on the Internet accusing someone of such a horrific thing … especially when the accuser himself has been OK with the use of “nigga” on his own social media page.






  • J. Johnson said:

    Sounds like the author is trying to advocate the use of the “N” word in the article. I’m not sure what’s more unsettling, the fact that she stalked through Mr. Glaze’s twitter or the fact that she actually called the “N” word a term of endearment.

  • Stephen Smith said:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe Spadola is white. It has become a norm in the African American community to use this term to one another. However, they still take offense to it if somebody who is not of their race uses it. Spadola also used the term in a negative manner, whereas if you read Mr. Glaze’s tweets,no negative connotation was used.

    Last, why would you throw one of your own writers, and one of the best in my opinion, on the chopping block for the entire Towson community to see? If it is an issue, I’m sure there would have been a better way of getting the point across to him. Somewhat classless if you ask me.

  • Brandon W. said:

    Looks break down this situation for a second.

    1) A personal “blog” (which is a VERY loose use of the word to describe Twitter) is just that. Personal. While I agree that those in a profession that is in view of the public should monitor the things they say on a public social network, the term ‘profession’ usually refers to a job where the individual is paid. To my knowledge there is not one collegiate newspaper that pays its writers, therefore this is not Mr. Glaze’s profession.

    2) It is common knowledge that African Americans use the term in question as means of endearment to friends, family, etc and that the term spoken by a member of another race is offensive. To my knowledge Mr. Spadola is a Caucasian so off the bat the term is deemed offensive. On top of that the term was spoken in a negative connotation. Which makes the what was said even more offensive.

    3) Ms. Quinn noted that she went to Mr. Glaze’s twitter and saw OTHER PEOPLE using the term in question as a term of endearment towards Mr. Glaze. Note that Mr. Glaze did not respond to these individuals using that term or any other language that can be deemed offensive.

    4) Why is it that you, Ms. Quinn, feel the need to throw an aspiring writer under the bus by searching his personal twitter to see what other people say to him. One can’t control things others say or do. So this entire letter to the editor has no base.

    And for the record “nigger” and all variations of the term is a racial slur.

  • William Henry said:

    What a wasted column in the newspaper. I agree with the individuals above; you cant compare the two. Its simple Spadola is of Caucasian decent. The “n-word” was used out of disrespect. Glaze, who is of African American decent, used it respectfully to his friends not to a group of people he didnt know. Poor choice by Editor-in-Chief to allow this nonsense to be published.

  • D.O. said:

    I personally think that there’s a fine line between Mr. Glaze and Ryan Spadola and this letter to the editor is blowing things out of proportion. Like said above Spadola is Caucasian and the way he tweeted the ‘N’ word was offensive. Spadola was suspended for a reason and this has no comparison to Mr. Glaze. Instead of going through other peoples twitters, you should worry about writing something worth reading instead of snitching a writer, whos articles are always front page of the Towerlight and worth reading.

  • Sally said:

    Spadola was suspended for his tweet because if was offensive and it was said in an aggressive and disrespectful manor.

    With that being said you are just making allegations. I’d like to see proof of the allegation you have made against Glaze using the term “nigga”. Glaze has an actual image of the tweet Spadola posted, where’s your proof.

    Are you familiar with the term libel; a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.

    I hope you have a lawyer.

  • brian said:

    No excuse for Spadola’s action, but no explanation for the NCAA’s reaction either. A quick search of several NCAA football players Twitter accounts find the same words being written down. Before last week’s playoff game, Towson State played a song at the stadium that had this word played in it. None of these issues are resulting in any other suspensions.

    The question is why did the NCAA randomly decide to bring down the hammer on Spadola and Lehigh, and why is he suspended for this next playoff game when everyone else goes unpunished? I mean even Penn State is going to a bowl game this year….absolutely ridiculous and random application of power by the NCAA.

  • Tunick said:

    Obvious that we have Leigh trolls writing to the paper and commenting here…guy should have been suspended before Saturday’s game.

  • Tunick said:

    That should be Lehigh trolls.

  • onemanonevoice said:

    Sounds like some hacking going on to me.

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