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ISSUE 118 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/24/2004

Options for WCAL must be explored

By Melanie Meinzer
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 24, 2004

Decisions, decisions  it is easy to dread them, and often very hard to change them after we finally make up our minds.

President Thomforde and the Board of Regents are very busy people with a lot on their minds. One thing they decided to do was to sell WCAL earlier this summer.

The trouble is, many people are arguing that the decision was made too quickly. The argument is that the decision was made without adequate WCAL member and St. Olaf community input, much to the detriment of the college, station and their shared community.

There is a simple thing that can yet be done to remedy this: stop, pause and reconsider. Minnesota Public Radio is not going anywhere, and should allow the college to study reasonable alternatives.

As an alumnus, I ask the St. Olaf community to keep contacting administrators and the Board of Regents to ask them this one simple thing.

Decisions are hard, but we have faith that those who make them can be brave and reconsider them when necessary.

This is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of being strong, open and critical, as I was taught to be through my liberal arts education at St. Olaf.

Kristofer D. Layon '93

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