To whom it may regard:
I really wish the Talon was worth reading, I do. Unfortunately, in the most recent issue, when I saw it and scanned through it, there was really nothing of substance. To me it seemed to be self absorbed and focused on really pointless issues. “Does Christmas still have Christ in it?”
Do people actually think about that stuff? Please read this article [“Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria Ignored” by Raymond Ibrahim].
If you want to make a difference, write about this. Write about the world and the atrocities that go on within it. Write about the martyrs of the Church that society keeps silent. Write about the pain in the world. Write about the world, not just people who have had cultural experiences.
As the Talon, you have a great opportunity to speak to the masses at Northwest University and inspire change. Right now, it is nothing. So, I am begging you to begin to speak of what nobody knows about. Report on issues that go on around the world. Show people that there is more than Northwest and the students. Do what has never been done before and push the limits on what you write about.
While I’m not against a few jokes here or there, like the Night Before Christmas NU Edition, when the jokes are surrounded by no substance, it defeats the purpose.
Please speak to people about what needs to be heard and prayed about, not about what they “want to hear.” Who cares what people want to hear? God has placed the Talon in [your] position so [you] can make a difference in the lives of the believers. So, please do that.
Begin to write about what breaks hearts and inspires change. Then, and only then, will true change begin. Be the spark that sets fire to the hearts of many.
God bless and thank you.
William Hart Brown
Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank you sincerely for your letter. We truly love to receive feedback from students and are happy to hear that you want to make your voice heard.
While I understand your concern to educate the student population on the distressing issues around the globe, the Talon’s primary focus is to bring ideas to the student body that are both immediately relevant and intellectually, socially, and spiritually challenging. We want to focus on the issues that affect our campus and the surrounding community in which we can have a direct impact.
That said, our goal is to serve students and motivate them to make a difference—be it through thoughts, speech, or actions—in their own spheres of influence. If you are aware of any groups on campus that are raising awareness of international or local persecution or are actively fighting it, we would love to hear about them. As always, we are open to suggestions on what articles the students want to read.
Thank you again for the feedback. We look forward to serving you better in the future.