As this is the last paper of the semester, The Setonian would like to discuss an important issue that has been emerging in our country and to call on the millennial generation to put a stop to it: discrimination. Whether it be gender, racial or religious mistreatment, there is no denying our nation is not perfect. An article this week, written by Leah Carton, highlights the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Program’s efforts to bring awareness and education to younger students, as we are the ones to make the change. The disruptive conflicts over same-sex marriage and police brutality are just some of the many debates over how this country deals with minorities. Innocent people have been discriminated against for too long and it is just now being brought to light. Riots in Baltimore have erupted as a reaction to the unexplained death of Freddie Gray after he was hauled off into a police van. While looting and arson is never the answer, as Dr. King, Jr., would have condemned as well, they may be seen as manifestations of the frustration many people feel at what has been happening in our society. Until everyone admits that there is a problem and vows to end it, we cannot move forward. And it is not going to change simply by saying “I have an African American or gay friend, so I am not prejudiced.” No. It is by saying that there are unequal employment rates. According to the 2013 employment report by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the percentage of white men making 70K or higher is at 48.4 percent while only 6.1 percent of black men received as much. For white women it was at 21.2 percent and for black women 5.5 percent. That is a serious gap. It also will change by saying there is a problem with how police handle minorities. According to the NAACP, African Americans are incarcerated six times as much as whites. They also reported that 14 million whites admit to using illicit drugs while only 2.6 million African Americans do. However, African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses 10 times more often than whites. The facts are, and always have been, here. We cannot deny them anymore.
I am pleased to announce that Mary Marshall has been elected Editor in Chief of The Setonian for the 2015-16 academic year. I have worked with Mary since she joined the news team as a freshman staff writer when I was a sophomore editor, so I know firsthand how talented, dedicated and ambitious she is. While I was News Editor that first year, Mary volunteered for every last-minute story we needed covered by a staff writer. I can remember saying, “Oh no, we need someone at such and such event in an hour, call Mary!” She also would come in on production nights and help with InDesign (the program we use to put the newspaper pages together). I was so impressed that a freshman could figure out how to fix a layout or system problem that no senior editor could. So when she joined the editorial team, I knew she would make a perfect teammate, and I was not disappointed. The next year we worked side by side as News Editor and Assistant News Editor. That year Mary became my right-hand man and a very good friend here at Seton Hall. From covering the Jessica Moore murder trials in Newark (and getting our car towed while there) to almost walking out of production together one night, we have always had each other’s backs. From there Mary took over the news section and has made it into a professional, reliable source for campus news. She has realized the need for stories that inform the community and not just complain about our university. Now I am so thrilled to be passing on the position of Editor in Chief to her. Mary seriously does not love anything on this campus more than the newspaper. I am almost positive she would jump in front of a train to save a copy of it. I have never met someone who has been more loyal and dedicated to something than she is toward this newspaper. Mary plans on holding the Setonian to high standards of integrity and professionalism and I know she will succeed in that. She is a great leader, friend and journalist and I am sure that leading The Setonian is just one of the many great things she will do in her career and life.