The New York Times wants you to vote for Sen. John Kerry.
The New York Post wants you to vote for President George W.
The Collegian wants you to make up your own mind.
In an election that has divided party lines and filled voters
with uncertainty, the Collegian is not endorsing any political
candidates in this election.
A newspaper is meant to distribute information. It is not a
means to tell people how to think or what to believe – it is never
supposed to choose sides.
One of the pillars of journalism is objectivity. Of course, we
all have opinions – we’re human – but we shed these opinions when
we choose what will be in the newspaper.
The Collegian has made every effort to be as neutral as possible
in its election coverage. To cross this line and tell our readers
how we will vote and why would sacrifice the impartiality we have
tried so hard to achieve.
A university is a place where students can expand their horizons
and learn to make educated decisions on their own. Everyone on the
Collegian’s editorial staff is a student. We are still learning.
Our readers are still learning.
We do want you to vote, but we don’t have the right to tell you
how to vote.