Pubdate: Sun, 07 Nov 2010
Source: Daily Tar Heel, The (U of NC, Edu)
Copyright: 2010 Madelyn Newman
Author: Madelyn Newman


Wilmington cocaine bust not relevant, newsworthy The only word I can
use to describe the story on Dan Paustian ("UNC student arrested in
Wilmington on charges of cocaine, marijuana possession," Nov. 1) is
inappropriate. Yes, he is a UNC student and yes, the student body is
entitled to know what is going on in the lives of our peers.

But whereas last year's cocaine incident involved multiple UNC
students that were arrested in our actual vicinity, this occurrence
involved solely one student positioned a good two and half hours away
from our campus at the time of his arrest. Is this really worthy of
the front page?

I'm also highly disappointed in the DTH for not only including the mug
shot of a non-UNC student, but also for contacting Paustian's parents,
both of which were highly unnecessary.

If it weren't for Dan's Greek affiliation, would this have even made
it into the crime blotter?

I find the entirety of these articles distasteful, making the DTH out
to be no better than a silly tabloid. Dan Paustian is certainly going
through enough in his life right now that he doesn't need further
embarrassment by being recognized across campus, and his family
certainly deserves their privacy at a time like this.

I feel like I speak for many when I suggest that you save the front
page for something actually relevant to this campus.

Madelyn Newman


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