ARCHIVED: Just don’t ask us for a “Female Feature”
ARCHIVED Volume 55 Issue 1, Tuesday, August 29, 2006. Added April 29, 2011
Michaela Engel | Editor in Chief
In the early 1950s, a four-page paper with the words “YeLlow JaCket” splattered across the top of Page 1 was published every two weeks. The “L” and the “C” were in bold because the school which published the paper was LeTourneau College.
Not only did the paper run a list of all the new students at the beginning of each school year, but they also ran regular “Female Features,” profiling young women in the community who were somehow connected to an LC male student.
In the 1960s, the YeLlowJaCket was thrilled to update its readers on the progress of the construction of the newest dormitory, Tyler Hall – it would have bookshelves that fit 172 books! The library was still merely a drawing, and the editors were upset at the low voter turnout in the recent student body elections.
If we ran a “Female Feature” in this issue, it might be our last. If we ran a list of LETU’s new students, we might not have room to splatter “The YellowJacket” across the top of A1.
Other aspects of this publication have changed less. Though I haven’t found a clearly stated goal in those early versions of The YellowJacket, I suspect that the editors’ and staff’s dreams for their little paper were not so different from ours.
Our stated purpose is to entertain, to inform and to challenge our readers: you. We can’t simply reprint Sunday’s comics, but we certainly want to publish more than a month-by-month update on the new chapel. Thus, in the coming issues of The YellowJacket, you will find a variety of texts and images – from construction updates to soccer game scores, from budget breakdowns to meditations on Truth.
We who write this newspaper represent a variety of majors, including computer science and engineering, but most of us are of the “softer” variety. That is why we need your participation. We cannot possibly know every detail of what occurs at LETU. If we fail to cover something that is important to you, or if you feel we should pay more attention to a certain part of this campus, let us know. Our goal is to help you grow individually, but it is also to unify the campus and be a voice for those who are harder to hear.
With your help, we will do our best to make this coming school year as good as it can possibly be. Don’t hesitate to contact us regarding what we have written; both positive and negative feedback is helpful. Just don’t ask us to run a “Female Feature.” Some risks are too great.