By Ashley Schofield
A college campus should encourage a forum of controversial
opinions that reject the standards of the previous generation.
Radical ideas should be widespread throughout the campus,
encouraging students to think outside the box or at the very least
be exposed to something new. College is a time where the veil that
mom and dad have placed over eyes should be shed.
When I think of a campus setting, I picture kids educating one
another about what they are passionate about.
The various majors and clubs on-campus allow students to get
involved in what they stand for, however, at Cal Poly I feel like
most of what goes on is not made known to the students.
The sole message board for student opinion I can think of is the
tall wooden post by the business building and marketplace, right by
the University Steps or “the pancakes” as students often refer to
This structure acted as a place for students to tack on flyers
and announcements for upcoming events, protests, selling their car,
really anything that they felt.
Most universities have these bulletin boards, per say, scattered
everywhere about the campus. When I have visited schools like UCSB
or USC, opportunities for student opinion are a frequent
Yet we only had one; and I say ‘had’ because it exists no
A couple weeks ago, I walked by the totem pole of student
information and the flyers had been taken down and the structure
seemed to be decomposing.
The flyers that had been compiled for probably about five years
were gone. I did not want to believe that the conglomeration of
student announcements was being taken away.
But it was true. Last week I walked past the site where the
informative post used to stand, and a lonely cardboard trash can
stood where it used to exist.
Perhaps digital is again taking over. Since students can blog
just about anywhere online, maybe the need for the old-fashioned
message board on-campus board has died.
Seems like the print media stands no chance.
In absence of its presence, I miss seeing the colorful leaflets
flapping in the wind, which were like eye candy. I was comforted by
it just being there. It gave the campus a collegiate feel.
The board stood as proof that the many clubs I always hear about
actually did exist.
A mode of student communication has been lost and I wonder
Maybe because no one ever really read what was on there. I must
admit I would randomly glance over headlines, but never paid too
much attention to what was presented on the board.
However, walking by the gravesite of where the deceased message
board used to stand, I have heard many students complain and
question why it is gone.
I do not know the answer. As a journalism student, I should
probably dig deep into what happened, but in my shock of the
board’s disappearance I am first compelled to write on ‘why?’
The glass half full side of me, hopes that the university is
perhaps re-constructing the structure, re-locating it or building
The college needs more opportunities for these blogs, although
online may be quicker and more accessible, I think this is a
tradition worth preserving.
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