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From a disappointed student:
I would like to bring to attention the recently published article about a Pepperdine student involved in a crash on Malibu Canyon Road. This event was extremely unfortunate, and thankfully the people involved in the accident are safe.
However, I would like to address the front-page article originally reporting the crash. This article was inappropriate as the driver’s name was not only mentioned in the text of the article but was put in the headline on the front page. As someone who has been part of the Pepperdine community for many years, I find this nothing short of slanderous. In fact, the term “yellow journalism” sprung into my mind after reading the article. It is one thing to report a Pepperdine student being involved in a crash; it is another to use that student’s name in the headline and throughout the article.
This article has alienated one of the most loved members of our community. As a Pepperdine student, I am ashamed that this was deemed acceptable. I am extremely disappointed that the Graphic writers and staff believed this article appropriate. I hope we can all learn from this.
Junior Michael Duke Mitze
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