Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Heads are going to roll....
If you read the above caption underneath a picture of members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, you will see that it says "Twelve Apostates". Before anyone freaks out, let me assure you this was not on purpose. This caption appeared in the Daily Universe, which for those of you who don't know, is the BYU Newspaper.
A teacher quickly saw the mistake, at around 6:30-7 a.m. and they pulled all the papers. They put up signs that a mistake had been made, didn't disclose what it was, and the paper would be reissued, at the high price of $10,000! No wonder newspapers are going down the toliet!
We in the broadcasting department thought it was kind of funny. What I thought was a little ridiculous was the school reaction. Obviously, it was a HUGE mistake. But I heard from some sources a couple of things that were going down.
1.) They had a huge lecture, in more than one class, from their teachers about how big an issue this was! AND I heard that the teachers were MAD at the students. Wait a minute... isn't this a student published paper? Isn't this a CLASS? Isn't this about learning and making mistakes that we can learn from? Oh wait, I forgot this was BYU and we are all perfect. Wait....
2.) I also heard that the mistake was made because there is usually 3 or more channels that the paper goes through to get published, and for some reason, only the girl who wrote the caption saw it. She missed it (obviously) but no one else was there to see it or correct it. Her fault? Not entirely. Looks like a team mistake.
3.) A professor said that he was sure that the men in this photo (the 12 apostles) probably understood the mistake and felt bad for the girl. I am sure this is true. He then continued to say, "But I'm sure these men were hurt by that mis-caption". Uhh... I highly doubt that. I think these men, above all others, understand that people are HUMAN and that we all make mistakes. This is a very simple, albeit very taboo mistake. I even showed someone the caption and asked, "Anything wrong with that?" He read it out loud and said Apostles instead of Apostates. I told him he missed it. He was even looking for a mistake!
This teacher continued to say someone HAD to get fired for this mistake. I think that is ridiculous! If we are really BYU, our CHURCH sposored school, shouldn't we practive FORGIVNESS? Hello!!
I think that the 12 Apostles probably had a good chuckle over this. Even joked about it. All through yesturday when people were talking about it (yes, this is excitement at BYU), i thought of the Queen from Alice in Wonderland. When she gets her mallot stuck under her dress and flips over she screams, "Someone's head is going to roll for this!" That's all I kept hearing in my head. Yes, I know this proves that I am a crazy Disney freak as always.
So, my question is: Should someone's head roll for this? Should this student fail the class for a one simple mistake? I have my own opinion, what is yours?
Posted by Megan and Ben Smith at 12:08 PM