Wednesday, March 08, 2006
IDS: The apology
The new issue of the Sheaf is out on stands now, and the question now is whether the apology will be accepted, or whether it will be regarded as weak and insufficient. I believe that there are a number of people out there who will not rest until all the Sheaf staff is replaced (which will happen in six weeks' time due to the change in publishing year anyway) and who will not accept an apology no matter what, but I also believe that a lot of the people who would not accept an apology are not the primary group to whom the Sheaf needs to apologize. The main group the Sheaf is accountable to is its membership, the students, as well as the entire campus community, NOT the greater Saskatoon community, which includes fanatics like John Gormley. I am not saying that the Sheaf should not apologize to these people, only that as long as the apology is accepted by the immediate U of S community that it should be considered sufficient, and that the acceptance of the apology by a community that would not accept anything less than the destruction of the Sheaf should not be necessary - though would still be preferable - in a peaceful resolution to the situation. I believe that the apology is heartfelt, well-expressed, and reflective of the penitent attitude that I have seen displayed by the staff of the Sheaf, and I sincerely hope that it is accepted for what it is: an admission of wrongdoing, with a pledge to take the necessary steps to ensure that the chances of something like this happening again are minimized as much as possible. Now, all that remains to be seen is whether the greater community agrees with me.