Menagerie The LaSallian
The LaSallian
April 28, 2014
April 28, 2014

Joyce Tseng

Rating: -4.0

If you’re looking for a negative, biased and partisan newspaper, this is it. You’ve found it.


Never in my entire life have I read a newspaper this bad. (Perhaps because I don’t really read that many newspapers; I prefer websites like Thought Catalog or Elite Daily, but that’s beside the point.) The articles in The LaSallian are all asinine. Their photo team doesn’t even cover all the events, and is it me, or do they take photos of one political party more than the other? Their infographics always remind me of doughnuts so I have to stop by the nearest doughnut place after seeing any of their work. Moreover, their grammar makes me cringe, something you’d think their slew of editors should attend to—but don’t even get me started on the people they have on their editorial board! I am almost certain that their Art & Graphics Editor is a lunatic, and that their incoming Menagerie Editor is all looks and no brains.


But enough gossip. Let’s look at facts.


A newspaper exists to raise school spirit or, in our case, the Animo. It also aims to encourage critical thinking among its readers. However, how can one newspaper hope to achieve these objectives if they’re always so negative?


I personally find it rude whenever The LaSallian publishes stories about our sports teams’ losses or troubles brewing among admin, department, or student government offices. These people work so hard at what they do, and how dare they tell the rest of the student body about things that do not immediately concern them. All they’re doing is making people look bad. It’s not like everyone has to know about these things, nor are all students stakeholders who should rightly be informed about issues like abuses of academic freedom and failure to meet certain auditing requirements, among others.

Looking into the problems of DLSU in general isn’t going to help solve anything because it only puts a damper on school spirit. I think TLS writers should just channel all their energy into looking for good news, something we all enjoy reading, like how many sponsors one officer was able to rein in for a party or how successful our basketball teams are. They have to look deeper than the problems and issues we all experience and find nuggets of goodness in DLSU, stories that will promote school spirit and help us recognize the silver linings along the many clouds overhead. Otherwise, they’re only spending so much time and energy badmouthing certain sectors of the University while calling their biased and partisan actions “journalism.”


Like my mother says, do not open your mouth (or, in this case, publish an article) if you don’t have anything good to say (or publish). Good news helps people think critically. Bad news is just biased or partisan, and I’ve made this comment time and again, even speaking to their Editor in Chief—who, incidentally, has the most hypnotic eyes—a couple of times, but sadly, to no avail.


The thing is, these writers know nothing about handling a University as an administrator or being an officer in the student government. Most of them do not know how hard it is to represent the school in competitions and sports events. That these writers and artists have the gall to write about these sectors without having any prior first-hand experience in the areas concerned is ridiculous. They should try running for the University Student Government or training with the different Lasallian sports teams before they even attempt to put pen to paper.


Perhaps a good factor to include in their recruitment process is to check if they have prior experience serving in these sectors, so that they actually know what they’re talking about. Obviously, if you are from the USG, it should follow that you know all the issues of the USG and would therefore be in a position to talk about it.


Anyone else should just keep quiet about the USG because they obviously do not know what they are talking about. This goes for all the other sectors as well.


So, with all the points enumerated above, why are you even reading this paper? And on that note, why am I writing for it?


What kind of a name is The LaSallian anyway? Aren’t we all Lasallians? Why is there a solipsistic The and why is LaSallian’s capitalization like that? Are they claiming a special status of Lasallian, or do they simply have a weird taste in capitalization?


There are some questions we will probably never know the answers to. But hopefully, once the editors at The LaSallian read my review, we’ll have more good news to enjoy while swimming in our pool of wilful ignorance and eating our favorite brand of ice cream filled mochi.