COLUMN: Campus and CM Life are missing some really important voices in the opinion section – yours


Elio Sante Mug

As the opinion editor at Central Michigan Life, I’ve been trying to find people from all walks of life to contribute their opinions to this space. As someone correctly noticed and emailed me, the opinion section is pretty much just “a bunch of white people.”

I understand that frustration. 

There should absolutely be more voices in the opinion section.

If you feel the same way and want to change that, write to us at opinion@cm-life.com.

If you’re nervous or unsure about writing an opinion column, come up to Moore Hall Room 436. 

I’m there from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

I’ll also work with you to find a time that fits your schedule.

Anyone can write a letter to the editor or guest columns. Staff columnist positions are open for full-time students.

An opinion column can be anywhere between 450-600 words and can be about virtually anything. Tell us what you think about a national, statewide, or local issue.

What do you think about President Trump’s threats toward North Korea? Do you want Michigan to lower the drinking age or legalize marijuana? Does CMU provide enough support to the LGBTQ+ community? Should residence halls change their guest policies?

We need well-rounded, diverse debates about some of the most pressing and controversial issues we’re facing. 

Opinion columns don’t always need to be addressing a grievance.

If you had a positive experience on campus, let us and your fellow classmates know. 

Did CMU provide some resource that helped you when you were struggling and you think it might help someone else? 

Write about it, please.

It would be extremely beneficial and helpful for students to read from a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. Diverse vantage points looking at international events and controversies are important in our multicultural world.

This shouldn’t be a one-sided discussion, or where only one worldview is talking.

The opinion section should be challenging, thought-provoking, enlightening, angering, agreeable, humorous and filled with contradiction and passion. It should be something people look forward to reading every week.

Your unique experiences, opinions, thoughts and comments, are missing on campus — especially at CM Life.

Take this as an unofficial official job offering from CM Life. Email us at opinion@cm-life.com.

Share your voice on campus and with the world. 

There’s no reason to be silent.

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