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Too Much Talk

Eric Gerard Ruiz | Tarantado, Asintado

To those who think that we are underperforming:

Being part of the Weekly Sillimanian (tWS) is both an honor and a burden. It is a privilege to serve the student body as the heralds of truth. But, it is also our responsibility to keep the paper circulating, to cope with the weekly pressures of publishing, to keep your egotistical minds informed, to juggle studies and tWS obligations, and to look for newsworthy beats.

A weekly publication is toxic. Imagine looking for news stories every week, writing feature articles every week, drawing cartoons every week, and writing columns and editorials every week. In a span of 168 hours, a new broadsheet is in circulation. In that 168 hours, we spend almost 75 percent of it in school, as a regular student coping with academics. The 25 percent is supposed to be for extra-curricular activities. However, there are times that academics needs to be sacrificed for the weekly publication. We cannot stop this from happening. Tough times call for tough decisions.

It is us against many. There are a lot of factors that need consideration in a weekly publication. Not all interviewees are available at the time that we requested. It takes days before receiving confirmation. Sometimes, there is even no reply. Time is a constraint. We believe in “deadlines before interviews.” It is not just the deadline but also our own time. Ask me, 24 hours is not enough. Editing and rewriting takes hours. We are not magicians. We cannot edit in snap of a finger. It takes careful scrutinizing of every word and punctuation.

“I don’t care about the features.” Yes, it’s easy to say that because you didn’t read it. You just don’t see how beautiful a feature article just by looking at it, or by judging the typeface of the title. READ IT for god’s sake. READ IT. “The news is dead.” Well to be honest, it has been in the downward slope of a parabola. tWS has been sliding downwards. It was at its peak twenty-thirty years ago where student activism was also at peak. It’s like the passing of the torch. We carry the burdens of the past editorial staff. “I don’t care about the paper anymore.” Well, we don’t care either. It’s your apathy that makes you think that way. Hindi na naming sakop yung trabahong ipasok sa bunganga mo yung pahayagan. Anong drama gusto mo? Sinong mag-a-adjust?

“Biased man mo.” In tWS, “bias” is the abbreviated form of “Bleh, Ikaw Asar Sa ’min.” When you don’t like our write-ups, we are biased. When you like our write-ups, we are telling the truth. Man it up, Sillimanian. Pwes aber, sinong asar talo ngayon?

To keep it short and frank, yes, I’m talking to you regular Sillimanian. I think you have the guts, then let’s exchange positions. After all, I am presuming “excellence” in your part. I am “assuming” that you are a master of grammar and syntax, and you possess the highest level of journalistic literacy. It’s easy to say that we are underperforming. It’s easy to talk behind our backs. It’s easy to criticize the paper. But, do remember this. Ipasok mo ito sa iyong alimpatakan (kung meron). You blabber about our underperformance. Yes, we also wonder why you didn’t apply. Ayaw sige’g yawyaw, wala baya ka ni-apply. It’s easy to see our mistakes. But, it’s easier to see your immaturity.

Let’s exchange situations for a month. You’ll be a staff and let’s see how you survive. Let’s see how your blabbering mouth and missing alimpatakan carry the pressure of a weekly paper.

It’s easy to talk. But, imagine yourself in our shoes. Kakayanin mo ba? O baka hanggang putak lang ng bibig mo ang kaya mo? Tagalog na ‘to. Baka hindimo pa maintindihan kasi missing in action yung alimptakan mo. Remember, there are always two sides in a story. Unfortunately, your 10 percent brain cells can only process one side of the story because the rest are focused on talking.

Sincerely,
The one you don’t want to mess with

PS
Immaturity is spelled with a “u,” and that means “you.”

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