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Editorial Staff’s Note

Posted on 03. Oct, 2014 by in Editorial

Some concerns have recently been addressed to The Insider AUC newspaper regarding a feature published in our latest print edition.

We conducted an online survey that aimed at rating some services at AUC. We published the results along with responses from the survey and direct interviews.

One of the services we addressed was the “FYE program”. The following clarifications are due:

1. The  survey was conducted between August 7th and September 2nd, which is before the last FYE. The survey respondents were all continuing students. This is obvious in the interview mentioned in the article with a “sophomore” student. The sample included 153 students from all study years except this year’s freshmen. Hence, it in no way evaluates this year’s FYE.

2-  The question related to the FYE in the survey was a simple “Yes” or “No” question on whether participants thought it was useful. While “No” gained 53%, “Yes” accordingly gained 47%. Therefore, there was not any chance for the newspaper to interpret the results in an unrepresentative way.

3- The word “infamous” was used to reflect the results of the survey and views expressed through some interviews, not to label the institution or express the newspaper’s view.

We regret not making that clear enough in how the phrases were written in our print. It was an unintended editing mistake that the published article did not have the word between quotations to denote that.

The word without quotations leaves an impression that the newspaper staff has something against the institution. This is far from true. We gladly published a video and a photo album of this year’s FYE, and of ones from previous years. The Insider is a student newspaper that highly regards all student activities, and its vision is to unite and empower students.

4- Finally, if  we could find discrepancies in the results between freshmen students and older AUCians, this would mean that FYE team in recent years has transformed it completely.

This obliges us as a newspaper to work on drawing a complete picture for the FYE by including some freshman views on it, to show any significant improvements compared to earlier years.

5- This highlights the importance of feedback we receive. Therefore, we will appreciate it if you can find some time to fill out this survey about the latest print edition:

Editorial Staff