I’m a sucker for wrap-ups of the most interesting events of the past year. So here goes an attempt at a list of the biggest stories ON CAMPUS from the Sconz’s perspective. There may be future installments dealing with other city and state issues as well, depending on whether I can rope Jack into this.
1. The ALRC saga: booze + boycotts = story the most students on campus probably heard about
2. Herald breaks story of alleged rape at Sigma Chi: Former-editor of the Herald opinion section Sam Clegg is fond of saying that the opinion page is really only relevant during select times. This was certainly one of them. Overall, this story, like the ALRC saga, was one of the most visible and talked about around campus.
3. Chancellor Martin passes Undergraduate Initiative: Not the sexiest story, but certainly one with the most important implications. I always thought Martin’s plan was well thought out and necessary. It was interesting to me that no real opposition ever surfaced to it.
4. Bryon Eagon wins 8th aldermanic district in rout, Bridget Maniaci upsets Brenda Konkel in district 2: Eagon was impressive, and Maniaci’s win was interesting. Elections always garner a lot of attention, these were no different.
5. Edgewater Renovation fails to pass: What started this summer as a good idea fell to city politics earlier this month.
6. Diversity Wars engulf campus: I am, of course, joking about this engulfing campus. But, it did dominate the pages of the opinion sections of both campus papers for a couple weeks as well as , according to Herald editor Sean Kittridge, precipitate an inordinate amount of letters to the editor.
7. Mifflin Block Party survives assassination attempt from MPD, gets sponsor: This was a big story in the spring. I don’t remember all of the specifics, but certainly relevant on campus.
8. FACES slate fails to gain control of ASM in spring elections: This was spun as an embodiment of the growing distaste for the campus left (along with Konkel’s defeat in city elections). My view is that the jury is still out on that conclusion.
9. SLAC has a productive fall (meeting with the Chancellor, generally gaining attention from the campus press): The success of SLAC turned ’09 from a failed year for the campus left to a year with mixed results.
I only included 9 because I am sure I have left out some obvious story that I am hoping one of our commentors will remind me to add.