Badger Herald mail-home, Eric Schmidt kind of right

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That happened over a week ago but I didn’t notice until today. Highlights:

Jason Smathers, the editor-in-chief, gives a welcoming message to incoming freshmen. Last year Smathers’ welcome message (as managing editor) was an utterly unremarkable article that earned us a letter to the editor from a freshman girl who called the column “the most offensive thing [she’d] ever read.” She was probably a transfer student from Oklahoma because she took issue with his reference to drinking, rather than his admission that he’d been a teetotaler at the University of Wisconsin for two whole years. Which of these two bits of information is more offensive and threatening to the Madison way of life? I found neither offensive, until Smathers made mention of “Chianti and Limoncella.”

Kudos to Smathers for mentioning the Daily Cardinal in the article. Up until recently the Herald has had a strict “no mention” policy with regards to its campus rival. I believe the tradition was broken with former EIC Tom Schalmo’s departing words last semester. Rumor has it Schalmo thought about cutting the reference at the last minute but Sam Clegg, who had always supported my position on reversing the policy, encouraged him to stick to his guns.

Eric Schmidt writes an article about mental health, citing the “40 percent of you who will suffer from crippling depression in the next year.” Depression, yes. But crippling? Is that really what the report you read says? Doesn’t crippling suggest drastic consequences? Hyperbole aside, the numbers are telling:

This invites the most disarming statistic of all: Despite highly significant rates of mental illness among college students, UHS has only one licensed psychiatrist for every 10,000 students. Especially on a campus with the best psychology graduate program in the country, this is the moral equivalent of the Titanic not having enough lifeboats. People are drowning here too, after all.

Sean Kittridge’s article on the demolition of the Greyhound bus depot is entertaining and well-written, as usual, but he leaves any serious analysis of the project to the reader. Getting rid of that depot does not equal a decrease in public transportation, as Kittridge seems to suggest. At least not unless Greyhound decides to reduce their service to Madison because of the decision, which is unlikely. What it most likely means is an inconvenience for a certain amount of people, but I think the issue will be resolved, with Greyhound finding an alternative location.

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