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The Lost Generation

I wanted to commend Artvoice and the writer of the article titled “Generation Sack: Coup at UB publication foments rebellion” (Artvoice v8n36) on an article well-written, informative, and inspiring. Being a UB alum personally, and having been employed in the past by UB’s student-run periodical The Spectrum as a writer/editor/photographer, I’ve had both the distinct pleasure and disdain of perusing the reading material which Generation magazine put out in my four-year tour at UB, which ended in 2009. Regardless of the reservations I hold about the content of their magazine, the most notable issue at hand is the unacceptable actions of the SBI Board, which stifled the magazines’ creativity and autonomous journalistic voice on the basis of offensiveness with so little justification and advance notice.

In terms of how I perceive the world in general, I’m about as feminist as you will find any male. I agree with Mr. Pape in the sense that content passed through to viewers by Generation was at times offensive to groups such as women and ethnic minorities, but at the end of the day, I feel compelled to concur with the side of the people. Generation had the carpet immorally pulled out from underneath their feet, and I’m in love with the fact that so many students rose to the occasion of “fighting the power.” I’m eagerly awaiting the board’s response to all of this. I do hope it will be in favor of Generation magazine, the better magazine.

As a final afterword, I have worked with both Robert Pape (former Spectrum editor-in-chief), as well as Joshua Boston (former Spectrum managing editor) during my time spent employed by The Spectrum, and in my experience working with both of them, as well as having been part of the student body who is on the receiving end of Generation’s content, I feel completely confident that the UB student body wouldn’t be able to care less about reading either of their opinions or content which they would put forth in the whitewashed, dimensionless toilet-paper-worthy magazine that is known as Current.

Evan Holt
Oceanside, New York

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