Dear staff members,
I wanted to inform everyone on a recent series of events within the editorial
board and in the newsroom:
On Jan. 31, The Aggie published an editorial regarding Chancellor Larry
Vanderhoef and the circulating faculty petition of no confidence. The editorial,
like all published by The Aggie was written and edited to reflect the collective
opinion of The Aggie's editorial board.
Later in the production process, I mildly altered the editorial to reflect a
personal opinion, without the consent of the rest of the editorial board. The
following day, upon being confronted by the board, I denied the allegations, a
move which I deeply regret and for which I have appologized. Admittedly, it was
a hefty mistake that questions my integrity, character and devotion to this
editorial staff. I now have the difficult staff of rebuilding the trust of many
editorial board and staff members.
In an attempt to remedy the root problem, the board agreed we would republish
the editorial with my appology on Thursday's editorial page.
I would like to appologize to the entire staff for my lack of judgement and
leadership in this situation. I work hard to ensure that The Aggie is a
credible, reputable and trusted news source and I hope my momentary lack of
judgement reflects poorly on neither the staff nor the paper.
If you have further concerns about this situation, please speak to either me or
Melissa in the newsroom.
Editor in Chief
The California Aggie