Letter to the Editor: Response to Grace Chambers’ “Empty Complaints Don’t Fix Anything”

by Cory Collins
Contributing Writer

Dear Editor,

In last week’s Rambler, you called for respect. I admire that. It can be disheartening to put time and passion into something, only to be disrespected. I especially connected with “what the Rambler really needs is a supportive community.”

However, I write this letter, not out of praise or anger, but simply because I was very disappointed to hear that your publication would not be running a review of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” I wasn’t disappointed because I wanted to see something I was involved in printed, but because the actors who put so much time into it deserved more than a vague backpage preview.

It’s easy to ask for respect. We command it. At Transylvania, we are involved in so many things, and sometimes all we want is a little recognition. After all, you devoted an entire editorial to the very subject. But then, to turn around and ignore activities happening on campus, while simultaneously covering other organizations in bulk is not a way to earn the respect of students. While organizations like Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance have gotten multiple mentions in prominent positions, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” was treated like an afterthought.

I can’t sit here and tell you what you should cover. But at the same time, you can’t demand respect without earning it. Luckily, in acting, we know that if we can please that one member of the audience, then we’ve done our job. Maybe the Rambler should take on that mentality, or, reciprocate respect.
—Cory Collins ’13

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