Old Collegian Column Causes Problems
Back on March 23th, we wrote a post criticizing Collegian columnist Andrew Wible’s column about his spring break drinking adventures, and the veiled reference to the joys of rape (oh, it’s in the column.). The Collegian didn’t have a problem allowing it to go to print, which sucks for Mr. Wible.
To Mr. Wible (senior-journalism): I hope you have a job, because if I were a newspaper (God forbid), I would read this piece and throw your resume in the trash right away (Assuming it didn’t smell like vomit from your escapades the night before you sent it; then it would have been in the trash already). Good luck.
The problem, as someone commented on the original post, is that the Collegian archives are easily searchable, by prospective employers and Collegian connoisseurs, though there are probably more of the former.
Well, it seems that the March 23th post contained a bit of foresight. Strange huh?
In this instance, Nichole Dobo, an education reporter for the York Daily Record, and former Collegian columnist, had her past drug (dragged) up in the form of a Collegian column from January 20, 2003 titled “Hookup Culture Can Be Hurtful”. By the way, it’s the second hit on Google when you search “Nichole dobo collegian hookup”.
It was a good column, by Collegian standards, not quite on par with Adam Clair, but good. Our favorite line is
“With hook-up artists taking over in State College, “real” dates have become more rare than mini giraffes.”
Dobo’s 2003 column was used against her by York-area white supremacist groups to question her professional credibility. It is unclear why white supremacist groups wish to disparage Ms. Dobo. Does anyone know?
Ms. Dobo asked the Collegian editor-in-chief Terry Casey to take down the article. Casey denied her request, citing the policy:
The Daily Collegian does not remove any editorial content from its Web site. However, if there is a factual inaccuracy in a story, the editors will run a correction or an update as needed.
So, it appears as though Ms. Dobo’s words will live on, as will Mr. Wible’s. Unfortunately for Mr. Wible, a lot more people (read: employers) will find his column objectionable than will find Ms. Dobo’s.
Let that be a lesson to you.