On Thursday March 14, the SHU Speaks Committee of Student Activities Board hosted Baltimore Orioles all-star and Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. in the Main Lounge. The former shortstop spoke to a sold out audience of over 400 students, administrators, faculty, community members, and distinguished guests through a speech entitled “The Keys to Perseverance.”
Throughout the presentation, Ripken told anecdotes from his baseball career that included moments such as phone calls with Alex Rodriguez and playing in a game the same day that his son was born.
When the presentation was officially over, Ripken unexpectedly stayed in the Main Lounge for an additional twenty minutes to sign autographs and take photos with students. The event was not only highly attended but enjoyed by all.
Unfortunately, this letter is the first time this event has ever been mentioned in the Setonian. This is extremely disappointing because the event was almost entirely paid for by the student activities fee, a part of tuition that is specifically allocated for the funding of campus activities such as SAB events. Considering the fact that Seton Hall comes with a hefty price tag, our students deserve to know what their money is being spent on. If one were to type “Cal Ripken Jr.” into the Setonian website, not a single article or photograph would appear.
It is as if he was never even at SHU, let alone one of the biggest SAB events of the year. It came to my attention after communication with the Setonian that there was some sort of technical error in posting a story online that they wrote after the event. However, this does not make up for the numerous instances in which they were reached out to about coverage prior to the event, and requests were acknowledged and then ignored.
As a Peer Adviser, I frequently tell my students and their families about the Setonian and encourage them to pick up a copy. There are numerous instances in which the Setonian has done quality reporting on SAB events, so I recognize that they are highly capable of producing a good campus newspaper.
I have no background in newspaper production and therefore cannot speak on any type of experience. I am however entitled to my opinion that in this instance, the Setonian failed our campus as a publication.
Moira Kelly, Chair of SHU Speaks Committee, Student Activities Board