The California Aggie would like to express thanks to all of the students and community members who commented on and directly addressed disappointment and upset over the column “Jungle Fever,” which ran in The California Aggie last Tuesday.
It is important that newspapers be considered a place for self-expression and a catalyst for facilitating discussion on important issues, such as cultural misconceptions and racism.
To further ensure that this is done in a sensitive and constructive manner, staff of The California Aggie will be participating in diversity training. We would like to encourage and support all members of the campus community in increasing awareness of cultural diversity on campus.
We would like to continue discussions with the Black Student Union and any other groups on campus that feel their needs as a community have not been met by their campus newspaper. Without this input, we would not be able to improve as a newspaper and as individuals.
The California Aggie, like all things at UC Davis, is an educational experience for readers and staff alike. We encourage our fellow students to apply for columnist or reporting positions and help shape The Aggie into what they would like to see.