You shouldn’t just complain; contribute

You know what grinds my gears? Students who constantly complain about the newspaper. Here, there is a weekly paper paid for by the students.The Gramblinite’s official staff contains only a handful of people. There is no way we can read students’ minds. Meetings are held every Monday at 4 p.m. in room 204 of Washington-Johnson Complex.

If you can’t attend a meeting, simply stop a staff member and give your story idea or criticism.

The Gramblinite is the voice of Grambling’s campus. There are students who are more concerned with tearing down the articles of other students but aren’t doing anything to contribute.

I’m not referring to people who voice their opinion constructively. If we weren’t as concerned with tearing people down, we would all be better off.

We aren’t perfect. We won’t catch all of our mistakes. Coming in to edit one story will be more helpful than you think. Staffers are constantly in the newsroom past midnight trying to produce the paper for the students – only for it to sometimes be torn down.

Venting via Twitter or Facebook about what the most current issue covered (or not) isn’t contributing to the improvement of the paper.

Every student pays $4 per semester for The Gramblinite but some decide to have no say-so. I’m not asking that every student write an article, but idea contributions are always appreciated and welcomed with open arms.

The only reason you open the paper shouldn’t be to see yourself or read “20 Questions.”

By doing this, you aren’t fully utilizing what you pay for. That’s like going grocery shopping and leaving all the groceries in the store; it’s a waste of money.

There are so many things that are constantly occurring on campus, but we can’t possibly cover every event. Let us know about things your organization is doing or has accomplished.

You can simply write the story yourself and either e-mail gniteeditor@yahoo.com or gsugnite@yahoo.com, or bring it to the newsroom.

There may be some students who don’t want to write for The Gramblinite because they feel their writing isn’t up to par. College is a time of improvement. There are more than enough people willing to help improve writing skills.

Some students fail to realize that The Gramblinite is not only a campus publication. The newspaper doesn’t cater just to GSU students. It is also for the community.

We aren’t going to cover ONLY campus activities. For some, us covering worldwide stories is the only way to know what’s going on because they don’t watch the news.