The Falcon editors today try to push students to participate in the Falcon Forums. Good luck, guys. As long as your paper sticks to reporting fluff that no one cares about, as long as the Opinions section writes weak articles that don't argue for a particular position, much less discuss controversial topics and as long as you continue to prevent your writers and staffers from participating, you won't get much participation in the Falcon Forums.
"We believe that participation in the Falcon Forum is low mainly for two reasons. The first being that most students are unaware it even exists; the second, that those who are aware find its atmosphere hostile."I can't speak to how many students are aware of the Falcon Forums, because not only have I not done any polling, but I'm rarely on campus and don't have a feel for the collective student body. But as to the second proposition, I find it fairly ludicrous. Many internet forums exhibit as much or more hostility at times between members as the Falcon Forums do and it doesn't cause them to have poor rates of use. I do commend the Falcon for wanting to clean up the forums a bit and make sure discussions are more on point, but that won't do anything to solve their real problem of reader apathy and disinterest. Take note of the Opinions page in this week's issue. Not even one letter to the editor. If students, alumni, faculty and staff are so disinterested as to not even write a letter to the editor, how the editors of the Falcon expect booming participation in the forums just by mentioning it in their Staff Editorial? Write about something that people care about and disagree on. That will spark discussion. Promising a clean, safe discussion of boring topics and non-issues won't interest anyone.