Another university newspaper is in the news: Rutgers University student newspaper, The Medium, apologizes after an offensive article compared Alpha Chi Omega sorority members to farmyard animals and called them b*tches.
The piece was on the closing of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority this coming fall term because of a lack of members and ran under the headline ‘Alpha Chi Omega to Shut Down; ”We don’t want to be like you ugly b—s” Potential Pledges say’.
Here’s the apology written on The Medium’s Facebook page:
On behalf of the entire staff of The Medium, we would like to apologize for an article that was published in this week’s paper regarding Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Since our paper is satirical in nature and no stranger to controversy, it is rare that we apologize for our content. However, it is the feeling of this editorial board that the article in question merits an apology. It was written in a cruel, debasing manner that does not reflect the values or goals of our organization. Our aim is to create humorous content which will entertain the University community; the article that ran this week was cruel and relied on cheap jokes in lieu of humor. By publishing the article, we made a poor judgment to experiment with a style of humor that had entertained our audience years ago. The reaction we received was humbling, and represented a community of readers that stood in solidarity for the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega. We are humbled by the response, and apologize to those offended and for any damage the piece might have caused.