I believe the treatment Monica Owens is receiving from The
Collegian is a travesty. The fact that Gov. Bill Owens is her
father should have nothing to do with how she represents herself on
staff at the Collegian.
Maria Shriver, wife of Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger,
also has a career in journalism. Shriver works for NBC on a
national level and you will never see her on-air with a tagline
stating she is Governor Schwarzenegger’s wife. The same should be
true for Ms. Owens, especially in light of fact that she is a
columnist at the Collegian and her work is already allowed to be
biased because it is based solely on her opinion.
Ms. Owens is an adult woman who has established her own
political views and beliefs. A tagline should only be required if
she covers a topic directly relating to her father, but other than
that there is no need for her to explain where she came from every
time she is in print.
It is true Ms. Owens’ conservative viewpoint can be seen as
controversial, but that is because she is representing a silent
majority on campus. That is why it is even more important to have
Ms. Owens on your staff, she represents a view that is rarely
published in your paper. Until the day she is welcomed back with
open arms, it is quite clear what the bias is at The Collegian.
Michelle Sackett Ellis