The image that accompanied the article (“Students back for fall classes at Coastal Carolina”) depicts student Ian John leaning back in his chair, eyes closed. Did he lean back in his chair during the last remaining moments of a generative writing activity? Yes. Did that moment represent the kind of work he did during the rest of the class? Not at all. Did it provide the surrounding community with a clear understanding of our class, the class of 2016, or the work being done at Coastal Carolina University? No.
The photo published on the front page of The Sun News misrepresented our class and Coastal Carolina as a whole. The picture makes it seem as though Coastal students do not take school seriously, but that we, as one online commenter stated, “[use] mommy’s and daddy’s money to party all night and sleep in class.” That is not true. Most of us are here to learn. As the photo slideshow included online (“CCU starts fall semester”) makes clear, we were active and engaged students during our first class meeting.
We wish The Sun News had shown us as a thriving, ambitious group of students to provide a more contextualized picture of the project we embarked upon that Monday in August.