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The Battalion

Texas A&M utility Gavin Grahovac (9) throws the ball during A&Ms game against Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Southern slugfest
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Texas A&M pitcher Evan Aschenbeck (53) reacts after throwing the final strike out during Texas A&M’s game against Mississippi State on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Olsen Field. (Chris Swann/ The Battalion)
Down but not out
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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
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A fighter jet squadron flies over during the National Anthem before Texas A&M’s game against Arkansas at Olsen Field on Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Bryan-College Station Regional participants announced
Ian Curtis, Sports Writer • May 27, 2024

For the second time in three seasons, No. 3 national seed Texas A&M baseball will host the Bryan-College Station Regional, where it’ll...

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Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
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Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

The speakers turn on. Static clicks. And a voice reads “Your starting lineup for the Texas A&M Aggies is …” Spectators hear that...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
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Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The BattalionMay 4, 2024

Editorial

The Battalion is the student voice on campus, serving as a means of outreach and information for all concerned. The staff strives to uphold not only the traditions of this school, but the ethical foundations upon which the institution of journalism was created. In doing so, we can say we try to represent a fair, ethical approach with every article we print.
One of the features of ethical journalism is fair representation. No matter how controversial the topic, both sides must be given a chance to defend themselves. It’s important to get facts validated by quotes.
It’s easy to forget these mandates in the heat of a potentially cataclysmic story. Though the journalism field is founded upon getting news to the reader in the quickest possible way, it should not come at the price of failing to tell all sides of a story. Even worse, the legitimacy of a paper is destroyed when no effort is made to contact one side of a story and any claim to accuracy is whimsically cast aside for the sake of sensationalism. If a publication doesn’t seek to cover news from every angle and perspective with the thoroughness it deserves, it shouldn’t be called a newspaper.
All of this comes to the front this week because of an article circulating about Texas A&M President Elsa Murano’s hiring process of Vice President of Student Affairs, Gen. Joe Weber. The report took unconfirmed information from an anonymous source and printed it as news.
The University does a good job of making itself available for information seekers or students. During the Student Senate meeting Wednesday, Murano was present and willing to address issues concerning students. Despite this opportunity to gather quotes, her side of the story wasn’t reported. According to Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications for A&M, no attempts were made to contact the president’s office.
It is important to note the difference between campus news sources as well. The Battalion is not, nor has it ever been, affiliated with The Anthem. All problems with Anthem content should be addressed to their editor-in-chief.

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