Open Letter to You From Editor Chris Carr

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Written by Chris Carr


It's around this time, between the free food, stationary and complimentary post-o-week hangover that I like to outline what The Cannon can do for you.

The Cannon, some years back started as a simple online classified geared toward book exchange and student housing. Co-owned by both the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op, The Cannon has grown in its niche to become a central hub for all things U of G.

We have the unique position to be independent of the university bureaucracy. This gives us license to be a voice for the students of the university separate and combative of the university and its corporate, sometimes mysterious, side.

What does that mean for you? It means you have a podium. You can speak your mind about the university’s myriad facets; you can either sing it's praise or hum its funeral hymn. We also act as a sounding board for whatever else is on the minds of the university’s benefactors: each and every student.

Well, because, you're paying for it. We collect $1.13 from each student's tuition costs. It's important that you know this because therein lies our conviction to your causes, grief, praises and gripes. This simple $1.13 is the paper trail we need that keeps our reporters unbiased, our classifieds undiscriminating and our events student-centric.

What you can do at The Cannon is dictated and augmented by you—our readers and benefactors. If at any time you feel our reporting or coverage or opinions are unjust or unfitting of actual events, I invite you to challenge our staff by creating your own original, argumentative material. Nothing is taboo on The Cannon as long it won't get us sued—even then, it's sometimes okay.

So please, come for the textbooks, stay for the ride shares, housing and events listings, but always feel at home on our news page. It is a conversation, not a dictation. With this in mind, please feel free to send anything you create to be featured on The Cannon. The more we know about you, the better we can represent you.

From all of here at The Cannon for the 2013/2014 school year: we look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Carr
Editor-in-Chief of The Cannon.ca

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