Each day individuals exercise their right to free speech outside
the Lory Student Center.
We fully support free speech, however, when exercising free
speech there are certain responsibilities that the individual
presenting the message has toward the organization that he or she
represents and the community that will be hearing the message.
In some instances, extreme displays of free speech can push
people away from the message being presented.
Another tactic that can push students away is when they are
approached multiple times by people saying the same thing.
Students don’t enjoy being bombarded by members of an
organization over and over again. When a message becomes redundant,
listeners become more resistant to it.
It’s important to be prepared for negative responses from those
hearing what you are saying. Harsh reactions are the right of those
who are hearing your message.
As a student newspaper we fully support exercising first
amendment rights but one must recognize that with that right comes
the potential for criticism, because every critic has the right to
tell another exactly what he or she thinks.