I was walking today and met up with several of my former colleagues from The Diamondback, and one of them said “sorry Rich — we’re discussing serious journalism, not bathrooms.” Emphasis mine, because this individual is incapable of speaking in bold and italics, but he raised an interesting question: What is more serious than bathrooms?
More or less, everybody poops. Adam pooped. Eve pooped, though, her being a woman, it probably bore a closer resemblance to butterflies and rainbows than the traditional, masculine brand of poo. But that’s not the point. With only a few suspicious exceptions, people shit every day. It’s important to people.
How important, “serious” journalists, is an article about a student government party changing its name BY ONE LETTER? Is this more pressing of an issue than where the noble students of this campus can use restroom facilities in which they feel safe, clean and comfortable? Hardly. (Also, apologies to article author Alissa Gulin — she meant no harm I’m sure.)
The UMD Bathroom Inventory does not compete with The Diamondback — they complement each other. UMDBI fills the gaps in which The Diamondback feels it cannot stoop because of a priority list that excludes the College Park Everyman in favor of 10-inch feature stories about cutting the grass.
And The Diamondback… well, we’ve got to read something in there, right?