You need people like me

September 30th, 2010

So apparently a lot of people read my column last week, and get this, they actually had an opinion about it!

What does that mean? It means that much like the football team did against Marietta, I got to put a notch in the W column last week.

Somebody asked me why I wrote what I did. At the time I didn’t have a very good answer, but I think I’ve figured it out.

I did what I normally do, I said something over the top that could be interpreted offensively by someone or some group on campus. What made last week any different?

I’ve written more than 50 columns for The CN, and quite a few times I’ve made outrageous statements or claims.

In a column commenting on the overwhelming number of female leaders of on-campus organizations compared to male leaders, I made the extreme claim that it “makes me wish the 19th Amendment had never been passed,” and got one response.

Most of the student body probably doesn’t know what the 19th Amendment is, but if you look it up and think about the fact I said it shouldn’t be in effect, you’ll probably disagree with me.

I also once called myself the poet laureate of JCU and nobody complained about it. Really? I find it hard to believe that I’m ahead of Phil Metres or George Bilgere for that title, but since there was no resistance, I guess the title’s mine. (Sorry Phil, I was pulling for you!)

I’ve even gone so far as committing sacrilege and disagreeing with the award-winning Carroll News’s picks for power couples when they omitted me from that feature.

For whatever reason, nobody seemed too upset until I drew a direct parallel between a group of over 150 guys that lift a lot and some bugs that were mentioned in the All-Stu. Maybe not the brightest move considering even their punter is bigger and stronger than me, but I wanted to do it.

Actually, let me rephrase that, I had to. Because if I’m not going to do it then who will? This newspaper is really the only way at JCU for someone to express an opinion and open up a campus-wide forum.

Some people thought it was funny, others were pretty pissed, but at least they took a stance.

We received multiple letters to the editor this week (which is a ton considering most weeks we don’t get any). One praised the football team’s off the field productivity and the other preached Blue Streak pride in general … and I agree with both of them (for the most part).

Yes, there was some questionable word choice in last week’s column, but I’ve learned that as a writer you sometimes need to take an extremist position to make people pay attention.

Don’t take this column the wrong way, I’m not claiming that my intentions are always (or necessarily ever) noble.

I’m not always in the right, and I’ve crossed the line before in my crusade to make a point. I feel like at this point I needed to explain what those intentions are and where they come from. My comments don’t come from a malicious place, they just have a job to do.

As Al Pacino’s character in “Scarface” said, “You need people like me so you can point your fingers and say ‘that’s the bad guy.’”

If that’s the case, then point away.