Letter from the editor, November ’13

by Casey Jaywork | Editor in Chief

The Central Circuit exists to empower students and the SCCC community as democratic citizens, by providing relevant news and creating a forum for campus expression and discussion. In other words, we are biased: we exist for the people of Seattle Central.

This bias toward promoting the welfare and and agency of Seattle Centrists influences our reporting, in the same way that The Economist and The Wall Street Journal are influenced by existing through and for business professionals. We are not objective because objectivity is not a real thing: the very concept of what counts as “newsworthy” is evaluative. We are, however, honest, in the sense that we are storytellers who are constrained by the facts. Our criterion for what to include in our publication is, “Does it empower students and others as self-determining citizens?” Our criterion for what to exclude is, “Is it inaccurate? Did it not actually happen?” To read our news articles with hyperlinks to our sources, check out our website at CentralCircuit.com.

This is our first issue for the 2013-14 school year, and there’s no shortage of democratically-relevant goings-on. Our cover story introduces Kshama Sawant, an SCCC economics professor who is running for city council as (gasp!) a socialist. We also feature a report by A&E editor Diana Gener on SCCC student Carlos Hernandez, who was allegedly illegally fired from Subway for his labor-organizing activities. Perhaps most important is the new attempt by the college’s Board of Trustees to silence student dissent and privatize our campus, covered by staff writer Katherine Morgan.

Campus News Editor Amber Lyons tells of the fate of SCCC’s Egyptian Theater and explains how to be poor; Photo Editor Gabrielle Warner covers police brutality protests, managing editor Maggie Tsai tells us how Bill Gates is doing, Web Editor Lin Na describes SCCC’s fashion scene, Copy Editor Jared Winninghoff relates the month’s crimes, and I expound on Obamacare and the importance of being electoral. In student submissions, we have an editorial by Catherine Lumadede on the Kenyan response to the al-Shabaab mall attack. Finally, graphic designer Caitlin Sussman wallows in the madness of The Room and fantasy football, and staff writer Holden Kosàly-Meyer reminds us that Winnie the Pooh is brilliant.

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