Letter to the Editor: Campus Video: I’m sorry
"I know that this apology is not enough for [Campus Video Network] to forgive me."
Published October 16, 2012 • 6 comments
By DUKE WASSUP, Guest Columnist
What began as a satirical request to a student organization has become evident to be more than that. It represents what October is all about: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
I had never meant to attack this organization, but after the publication, I had realized what I had done. I should have over-thought what was submitted, rather than jump to conclusions like I had done.
NOTE: The original article is no longer accessible online by request of the author.
The other day, I was out with a friend, when we were approached and bullied upon ourselves. I do not wish to go into details, but after that incident, I had truly realized that I had become a bully myself.
I must sincerely apologize to Campus Video Network (CVN). In no way was it appropriate to publicly humiliate CVN in what they are doing.
In the past week, I have come to learn that they are a fantastic group of individuals, all with the same passion: To put together videos that represent the University of Michigan-Dearborn community. They also have done a lot of service work, including filming Alternative Spring Break.
What I had failed to realize is the restrictions on what can be uploaded to YouTube due to licensing issues. What I had failed to realize is that it truly takes time to create a work of art. What I had failed to realize was that I was only be selfish to this group.
I have cried for many days and have had many sleepless nights, and I know that this apology is not enough for CVN to forgive me in what I had said.
With new campus housing on the way, is this the example we want to set in stone for prospective students? I am an example of what is keeping this campus from truly achieving its goals, and I write this article not for your forgiveness, but for a general understanding of what bullying really is.
We see it on social networking. We witness it on television. We discover it when drivers cut others off on the road. We witness bullying everywhere.
For this, I am extremely sorry if what I had submitted last week hurt anyone in particular, and especially to those in CVN. If you haven’t checked out what their organization is about, please go visit them on the second floor of the University Center, Room 2128.
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