This is a copy of a letter published in The Daily Gamecock, February 3, 2014.
Also available online from the paper.
Cite as: Deflem, Mathieu. 2014. "Birth of President's Granddaughter Doesn't Warrant Newspaper Article." Letter to the editor. The Daily Gamecock, February 3, 2014, p. 4.
story this past Friday that informs us of personal family details of the President of our University of South Carolina.
Upon reading the article, I was even more stunned to learn that the President had contributed to the story by means of an email interview.
Not only do I fail to see the relevance of this story, it poses a somewhat confusing situation.
After all, while Dr. Pastides holds the position of University President not on the basis of an election, but upon appointment following a national search (that evidently turned inward), his position is not that of a King to whom such reporting would ordinarily be applied.
Conversely, should the Gamecock be interested in the private lives of any and all members of our University, I encourage students, faculty, and staff to share their online posted pictures with the paper!
Setting the example, here is a picture of my cat Alphonse that I shared on instagram during last week’s snow days.
I trust the Gamecock will write a story of this important event in my cat’s life. Either that, or we’ll have to go buy somebody a crown.
Update: click for a response and related Twitter chatter.
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