Friday, February 8, 2008

What is so terrible about J-Street?

I really don't understand why the students here are always so up in arms about the quality of student dining options or why the Hatchet spends so much time covering it. Yesterday the Senior editor of the Hatchet wrote an editorial complaing about the problems of mandatory spending at J- Street saying:
...if the food-service providers are spending millions of dollars to enhance campus dining - thereby trying to increase their profit share - they need to be improving our options, not worsening them. Drastic overhauls, especially when they eliminate popular eateries, are not bringing back any of their student clientele.

among a myriad of other complaints.
Yes, J- Street is alot different than in the good old days of 2003 when the author of this editorial started here. However are our options are greater than those many Universities provide. Do you know any other school whose meal plan not only includes area restarants not directly affiliated with the school, but the ablity to use the "dinning dollars" to buy real groceries, fill prescriptions and get haircuts?
J-street food isnt the greatest, but its college food! We have it alot better than most.
Why can't The Hatchet and our student body, complain about things that are a little more substantial, such as our incredibly high tuition, or work to bring about real change on campus?


Anonymous said...

Through focus groups and surveys the Hatchet knows that dining is the most popular issue on campus so they cover it often.

Anonymous said...

Please, as a former Hatchet editor, I know there's no way that the Hatchet is organized enough to run a focus group nor survey students.

The Hatchet is a group of students, and as such, make editorial judgments on what students feel priorities are.

This blog is nothing but a rehash - why can't you write about anything besides the Hatchet? Its dull, uninspiring and smacks of the complaining you so often propose avoiding. Its also a gigantic waste of class time, but thats for you're $50,000 to decide.

Anonymous said...

When the Hatchet was evaluating going to more publication days a week i believe it was in 2004 maybe 2005 they did extensive surveys and interviewing/focus grouping on campus about student opinions of the newspaper and its coverage. They also surveyed other campus papers.

Anonymous said...

And therefore you have actual evidence that current editors use surveys conducted almost four years before their time in considering editorial decisions?

This blog portrays very little knowledge of how newspapers, or journalism, itself works. Is this a class in SMPA or just in CCAS?

Reiterating: for a blog that calls for greater transparency from the Hatchet, there seems to be an enormous curtain by the blog authors and their readership..

Anonymous said...

First some of those students are still on campus. Second you think students have really changed that much? Third the Hatchet sees the page views on every story they write, they know what people are reading. Lastly there are dozens of people who work at the hatchet each one talks to many people every day so they have a pulse of what students are interested in. IT is not the only thing students are interested in but it is very important.

Anonymous said...

It should also be pointed out that the J St article in question didn't complain about GWorld or its many places - just about J St and its limitations