Bring back Willamette Week

By The Beacon | November 11, 2010 9:00pm

The Willamette Week, which was recently deemed as being "inappropriate for a Catholic University" and has been abolished from UP campus. (//

By Martin Monto, Guest Commentary

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Willamette Week provides access to local stories, ideas and culture not covered adequately by The Oregonian. I'm not sure why it was necessary to get rid of all the alternative papers, but I was dismayed to hear that they were deemed "inappropriate for a Catholic university."

I think President Beauchamp should have more faith in the ability of our students to be critical consumers of the media and sort out the valuable from the trashy. The University should be a resource for distributing ideas. North Portland has few such resources, and I know of no other convenient locations nearby for getting Willamette Week and the other papers. We should promote engagement with the world beyond the bluff rather than protecting our students from it.