Spoke It Out, Bitch!

We clearly have our own opinions about the Spoke, but how about you share yours.

Random Students at Emory

Funny? Offensive? Downright stupid? The Spoke has always been about pushing boundaries and crossing the line – but this semester’s “The New Spoker” proved to be one of the most memorable. Filled with politically incorrect topics and overt opinions, it’s no wonder they called this their “buffoonery issue.”

The magazines blatant articles about typical college life – ranging from the Emory bar scene, frat life, hook-ups, and drinking – may seem straight out of a movie, but the recent issue was read (or at least seen) by everyone throughout campus.

“The New Spoker was the best student publication I’ve read in my four years here,” senior Spencer Heuman-Gutman says. “Everything was not only hysterical, but so on-point of a college students life outside the classroom.”

One of the most talked-about articles was on “Fraternity Stereotypes.” Written by editor-in-chief Robin Higgins, the story made “petty judgments” about each fraternity on campus, including their cuteness factor.

Fraternity Sigma Chi, with a cuteness factor of three stars, was bashed on for being “jocks, enemies with Sig Nu, and the douche-bags that you hate.”

Sigma Chi president Timothy Senior, however, was not offended by these comments.

“It was pretty funny considering we act like that on purpose to get that reaction,” he says. “I know this is the general yet slightly exaggerated stereotype of us and it doesn’t reflect on me as an individual at all.”

Junior Drew Gordon agrees. “I think it’s funny the way they compared all of us with such exaggerations. I think we all know the stereotypes do reflect us in some way.”

Sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi president Jillian Kotler says she’s happy they didn’t do these types of judgments on the sororities.

“I think it was really funny but I wonder about the timing of the story’s release when spring rush begins in only a few weeks,” she says. “I wonder if it will have any affect.”

While it seems that the overall morale is positive on the Spoke’s banter, it was made apparent that some people were covertly a little more upset. Dean Bridget Riordan recently sent a notice to the Spoke staff advising them that she has received many complaints from students believing that the Spoke has published “offensive material.”

However, like all student media groups/publications, the administration does not review the material before release; freedom of expression and freedom of the press do apply. Therefore, the administration just assumes that the staff follows sound journalistic standards and listens to the advice of their faculty advisor. Unless there is a legal or student conduct issue, the publication and/or its staff cannot be punished.

Riordan went on to explain that “often people complain and want someone else to take action.”  However, The Spoke is funded through the Student Activity Fee which all students pay for with their tuition; therefore, everyone is technically the administrators of those fees.

Senior Izabella Elkis is shocked that the administration lets our money go towards publications like The Spoke.

“I would think the administration would have a little bit more oversight over publications funded by the school and the students,” she says. “Some of the stories are so unbelievably untrue and offensive.”