The responsibility of our student paper is immense. Students form their impressions of the community around them by what is investigated by Nexus reporters and editors. We at the Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) can sympathize with the huge amount of work involved in this journalistic endeavor.
We are, however, strongly disappointed in the failure of the Daily Nexus to fulfill this responsibility as of late. We have been working extremely hard and successfully on many fronts to improve the sustainability of this campus and encourage public participation in the I.V. Master Plan, campus decision making and in creating statewide policy. We feel that we have been living up to our responsibility and question if the Nexus has been living up to its own. The Nexus clearly has not investigated EAB’s projects and, worse, has misinformed the entire student body.
The accusation that we have not done anything to protect the environment makes me wonder if the Nexus staff even reads their own articles. We drafted and successfully lobbied for the implementation of a mandate that requires all UC campuses to build “green” and attained an even higher level for UCSB’s campus. We have raised awareness about the parking permit plan in I.V. And let’s not forget Earth Day in I.V., a day when EAB presents an awesome line-up of bands, children’s events, educational booths and a general day of fun to Anisq’ Oyo’ Park for the whole I.V. community.
The job of the Nexus is to report and present a factual story, but I must conclude it failed to do this for the Environmental Affairs Board endorsement.
Simply put, the Daily Nexus doesn’t deserve funding from the administration, just like they don’t deserve the word “journalism” in its title. Students would be wiser to seek out local newspapers, while those that find the Nexus reporting acceptable can suffer with the high price of ignorance.
If the editors of the Nexus can’t even find it within their hearts to support their little, on-campus health center, then what affordable student medical services do they support?
Student Health Services is our greatest and most valuable asset. It deserves the highest level of protection. It seems to me that supporting health should be a no-brainer for everyone, but alas, there are still a few students who don’t seem to be able to make the connection between being well and living well.
I am saddened and irate over the Nexus’ strong opposition to the Student Health Support Fee. It’s opinions had no facts or substance – just bashing for the sake of it.
As a student who has gone off campus for needed medical attention, I have to ask: Have any of them gone off campus for their healthcare? Do they know how hard it is to get an appointment or how long you have to wait for one? What about those who don’t have cars and have to rely on public transportation? What about time? Isn’t that worth anything?
The editors state that “we don’t deserve the word ‘health’ in our title”? Get real. Maybe the next time your paper needs some health information, try seeking out your “local doctor” with your medical queries.
We are upset and disturbed by the mentality behind the Nexus’ opposition to the Community Affairs Board (CAB) fee initiative. UCSB is renowned for having one of the top volunteer centers nationwide, with CAB being one of the largest student-funded, student-run organizations at any university in the country. It is with the help of student volunteers and the funding made available through lock-in initiatives that will allow CAB to continue to augment classroom experiences by creating opportunities for career exploration, connecting UCSB to the community in a meaningful way and promoting the ethics of public service.