Letter to the editor: Concerned reader

By Katie Wolf

Dear Editor,

I am writing you to discuss the recent Oakland Post that was on newsstands the week of March 10th.

The cover page of this issue has a picture of the OU men’s basketball team celebrating their victory in the Summit League with the words “HELL YEAH!” in bold letters. I am not writing you this letter as some born-again Christian or concerned parent worried that profanity is being used in the University’s newsletter. I am writing you out of disappointment and anger that the creative team at the Oakland Post could not come up with a more original title for their March 10th issue than a simple “HELL YEAH.”

Professional newspapers throughout Southeast Detroit and the United States are famous for showing creativity in their celebratory newspapers. The Detroit News celebrated the Red Wings with a title “Sweet Stanley” and the Detroit Free Press and its Tiger related articles proclaiming “The Roar is restored!” Sports and the newspapers who cover them always seem to attract witty catchphrases and clever titles and the Oakland Post should be no exception. “Hell Yeah” is nothing but a cop-out on behalf of the Editorial Staff of the Post. It is not an article title, it is an exclamation.

I personally would have liked something to the effect of “Golden Boys win it again” (A play on the team name Golden Grizzlies) or “Grizzlies Maul the Competition” or even “Un-Bear-able victory!” is it perfect? No. But at least it is trying to be creative and show effort. The title you chose is completely unoriginal and comes across as lazy editing work. It does not follow the pattern that Detroit area newspapers show and the Oakland Post should strive for, and frankly it is disappointing to witness on newsstands because of the talent I have come to respect from your newspaper in years past.

I sincerely hope the continuation of the Grizzlies success in the postseason will give your paper the opportunity to capitalize on their success with more original and witty articles.

Sincerely,

Robert Conner, History/Secondary Education student

Concerned Reader