I was at the Mearsheimer lecture last week and thought it proceeded smoothly. I was therefore surprised to learn from a front-page caption that a student was “visibly shaken by his address.” When I flipped to a news brief about the lecture (“Mearsheimer addresses CFI,” 2/18/08), I further learned that “tension was palpable” and “one young woman in particular was visibly shaken.” I eagerly read on, anticipating some public meltdown that had somehow evaded my notice.
This sensationalist language instead referred to a student who left “after several shakes of her head.” Evidently, she also had “to return for her coat at the end of the Q&A session.” In no way does this constitute palpable tension or being visibly shaken. Perhaps the student got bored, or went to make a phone call. While I ascribe no political motive or bias to the Maroon, it is irresponsible journalism to make these assumptions about seemingly innocuous actions without following up with actual journalism.
Class of 2011