By Daniel Scarpinato
Editor in Chief
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday March 25, 2003
America is at war, and we're realizing here at the UA that that the U.S. campaign in Iraq affects every one of us.
Just yesterday, President Pete Likins and Provost George Davis sent out a letter acknowledging that we are not immune to the war while here on campus.
And just as our campus leaders do not predict cancelling class, the Wildcat will still hit the newsstands everyday.
Just as our campus leaders do not predict cancelling class, the Wildcat will still hit the news stands every day.
Of course, just as war may affect how professors follow their normal syllabi, it also changes how we at the Wildcat will handle the news.
Our pages will not be "all war, all the time," but the Wildcat is making a conscious effort to bring you local stories about the war.
We'll also supply you with the important national and international news on the Middle East.
Typically, the Wildcat has shied from running anything but local stories on the front page.
We will make critical editorial judgments about what is and is not front-page news. These decisions will not be based on whether something has the name of a Wildcat or Associated Press reporter attached to it, but whether the news is front-page worthy.
The staff here is paying close attention as news unfolds overseas, and we're ready to prioritize.
We will not forget our role as a community paper. Other news still goes on. Tuition rates will go up in a few months, student leaders will pass on their keys on to a new generation just weeks from now, and police are preparing for a possible riot if the Wildcats make it to New Orleans.
We'll be there to cover all of it.
But our sensitivities will be in place as our troops head to Baghdad.