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Letter to the Editor

‘ I am appalled at the lack of journalistic integrity that the Minaret has shown as of late.
This article proves the slipping of this ‘award winning’ paper.

Tollefson only showed up to practice 3 out of the 5 6 am practices and was the first to leave every morning. She was the most reluctant to put in the work and complained, by far, the most.

In juxtaposition, Jeanette Nicewinter not only has a cooler last name but has also coached a novice men’s team that has received a metal in 4 out of 5 races. All while going through major surgery, and before the surgery she showed up EVERY morning at just before 6 am to practice with UT’s varsity crew team.

‘ I am appalled at the lack of journalistic integrity that the Minaret has shown as of late.
This article proves the slipping of this ‘award winning’ paper.

Tollefson only showed up to practice 3 out of the 5 6 am practices and was the first to leave every morning. She was the most reluctant to put in the work and complained, by far, the most.

In juxtaposition, Jeanette Nicewinter not only has a cooler last name but has also coached a novice men’s team that has received a metal in 4 out of 5 races. All while going through major surgery, and before the surgery she showed up EVERY morning at just before 6 am to practice with UT’s varsity crew team.

Currently she plays a major role in bringing the women’s team together and tries to make sure that everyone is included and supported. On top of her accomplishments as a coach and team-builder, she is headed off to Oxford (yes the one in England) to continue in her study of art history.

Despite how easy it is to ask around and hear about Jeanette, with the Minarets quality of ‘journalism’ I am not surprised that such a worthy subject would be overlooked.

If your ‘journalist’ wanted to take another route or run another story, there is always the fact that THE VARSITY CREW TEAM EARNED A TRIP TO A NATIONAL REGATTA by finishing in the top 3 of their division at FIRA in Sarasota a few weeks ago.

This not only means that they will be competing against some of the best scholarship teams in the nation but also that they will continue to practice every morning at 6 am while studying for exams and dealing with what is commonly known as ‘hell-week’ (the massive load of assignments that professors load on-to a student the week before finals).

With the presence of seniors and leaving rowers in abundance available for profiles, I can’t help but be taken aback that you would chose a novice rower for this piece. But not just any novice rower, your reporter chooses the least dedicated and least willing of all.

If you really wanted to do a piece on a fresh outlook or the experience of finding a new amazing sport then there are 4 novice members, that would have been, again, readily available, who pulled the extra hours working out to prepare for a regatta(race), didn’t make plans that interfered with competition dates that had been set for months, who did two-a-day practices without complaining, who stayed and discussed technique/strategy, and who have worked their asses off and who have worked as a team instead of as an individual because in rowing, one person cannot drive and propel the boat, there is no ‘winning shot.’

In crew there are four women who have to row perfectly in sync and have identical timing for it to work. In the team sport of rowing there truly is no ‘I’, without your boat you are nothing and without you your boat is nothing.

Your ‘journalist’ had 7 dedicated, hard-working, and truly team oriented rowers, 1 women’s coach who has been coaching for over 30 years, 1 dedicated men’s coach, 3 coxswains (pilots/inspirer/leaders), and Emilee Tollefson to choose from.

I congratulate Ms. Glynn on choosing the least qualified out of all to run an article on.
On the positive side, at least she got the competition name and place correct.

Journalistic integrity, do an expose on that.

– Anna Burrell

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