Letter from the Editor: and so it begins
As I write this inaugural Letter from the Editor, the Super Tuesday results have been mostly confirmed. It seems inevitable that we’re looking at a Trump vs. Clinton election. Like most people, it seemed unfathomable to me seven months ago that Trump’s grade school bullying act would be able to sustain any kind of legitimate run. The American public couldn’t be that stupid could they?
Well, I was wrong. Every day he’s able to recover from statements that show new depths of stupidity with a simple mix of New York bravado and a complete detachment from reality.
And with each delegate he collects, Mike Judge looks more prophetic. Judge’s 2006 movie, “Idiocracy,” portrayed a dystopian future where society has become so dumb, that Luke Wilson, an average guy who finds himself there after a long hibernation, is the smartest man alive. The president in this future America is a former pro wrestler by the name of Mountain Dew Camacho.
The connection is not hard to make. It’s pretty obvious at this point. This is where the presidency is headed.
Each republican debate sounds more and more like a shouting match between Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man Randy Savage. The winner of each debate is no longer the person who had the most eloquent, well thought out answers, but the person who drops the dopest battle rap and elicits the biggest, “Ohhhhhhhhh!” from the crowd. It’s “8 mile” minus the wordplay.
But this is nothing new. Politics has been a more combative form of American Idol since its inception and regardless of how fresh 24-hour news cycles try to keep it, it’s the same old song and dance.
Trump, Clinton. Clinton, Trump. One’s more liberal than they lead on and the other’s more conservative than they lead on. Let’s at least check a box and elect the first woman.
But enough about American politics: this is SMC. The Spring semester has kicked off with some interesting sights, sounds and developments. There have been jugglers, dancing bears, and a preacher attracting a crowd of over 100 people.
In this issue, our cover story is one of the more curious developments this semester: the cancellation of the Spring Cheer Program. One of the consistently rising stocks at SMC, it has seen incredible success since the hiring of Jessie Moorehead in 2013. Last week it was officially cancelled after a rules violation. Our Sports Editor Joshua Shure and I dug deeper to figure out what happened and why such drastic action was taken.
Also in this edition, issues within student government led the entire Inter- Club Council, which makes up 1/5 of AS, to resign. Adam R. Thomas, our News Editor and The Corsair’s version of the T-1000, investigates while also finding enough time to profile the new SMCPD Police Chief.
Jacob Hirsohn, our impossible to satisfy A&E Editor, focuses his gaze on the Oscars for three-plus hours and this makes him unhappy. Meanwhile Adam and Opinion Editor Grace Gardner duel over Hillary Clinton’s integrity.
We all worked incredibly hard to make this first issue happen and get the semester off to an auspicious start. We hope you enjoy the fruit of that labor.