Last week, the Quad published a story on a series of bias incidents that had been reported on campus. One of them involved a paddle-like object with a racial slur. Another involved a photograph of Adolf Hitler and a sign reading “Whites Only” above a water fountain, and another revolved around allegations of a Manhattan College student with Nazi paraphernalia.
Several students had approached one of our reporters, Jeremy Loffredo, with this information, and eventually another reporter, Aaron Mayorga, and myself, joined in on the story.
At the Quad, we treat student reports seriously, and we strive operate to the highest standards of journalistic integrity. We were able to separate fact from rumor in our reporting, and I’m very proud of what our staff was able to put together last week.
Even though the Quad treats student reports very seriously, I would also like to take a moment to encourage students to use the resources available here on campus to make reports of incidents.
The college has a new online form that allows students to submit incident reports anonymously, and in our interview with the Dean of Students, it was made very clear to us that his door is always open for student concerns.
These are sensitive times for Manhattan College, and for the country. The election of Donald J. Trump has brought a once deep fury bubbling to the surface, and has raised an opposition just as great in its might.
As the student voice on campus, the Quadrangle understands that, and always welcome students with ideas for stories. But it’s also important that these stories reach on-campus authorities with the capacity to take disciplinary action.