Initially, I was not all that bothered by the Mustang Daily's recent politicization
. For one, I had whiffed the odor of advocacy for some time and all the Storelli-Kaplan transgression
really did was confirm a long held suspicion. However, as I've recently learned, the paper has printed numerous articles that had been unashamedly plagiarized. The most recent example can be seen here
Now, I generally never get political, but this trend of advocacy, plagiarism, and character assassination
seem to produce a narrative of intentional deception. Perhaps most disturbing has been the alleged association of the Storelli campaign with the Mustang Daily and the systematic squelching of the opposition candidate
(evidenced in the closure of his Facebook campaign page, administrative suspension of his supporters, and the police presence during the day of the election—producing a toxic environment for democracy if you ask me. With the intellectual contingent in and around campus in exile, I worry balance will never return.
I'm curious what you guys think? Especially, the recent admits--and their parents--who may unfortunately become all too familiar with this sort of behavior.