The Spokesman-Review’s bold headlines (April 19) should have read “WSU students responsible for sensational involvement.” The developing story would capture readers with reports of student impact on the Pullman community, Washington state and the environment. But this time the content would focus on amazingly positive energy.
The Washington State University Leadership-Engagement Awards presentation showcased student government leaders and President Award recipients. The diversity of those honored clearly demonstrated the power of the university’s commitment to human value. The quality of the collective and individual contributions to social justice, to political action, to community involvement, to children’s health and global issues was impressive.
Campus housing residents as well as those with Greek affiliations were honored for exemplary contributions to bettering society. Their youthful passions were nurtured by forward-thinking faculty emphasizing community participation as well as academic preparation.
Yes, there are instances of life-changing and heartbreaking choices on college campuses. The sensationalism of these tragedies frequently is featured in the media. However, the efforts of positive and responsible young adults who are the most valuable resource of our society also deserve public recognition. I challenge the media to be strongly intentional in making this happen.