Retriever Courage, a group dedicated to cleaning up UMBC’s image after last semester’s revelation of years of cover ups of sexual violence, called out our most hated rivals The Retriever Weekly in an email sent to the student body Monday night. The callout was in regards to a satirical “calendar” published in the annual April Fool’s “Deceiver” issue which, among other things, satirized toxic frat culture and promoted oral sex.
The email, signed by over a dozen administrators, their lawyer, and three undergrads apparently hanging on for moral support reiterated their dedication to promoting a healthy and compliant climate on campus. Which leads them to expressly condemn any attempts to expose toxic frat culture or to promote sexual deviancy, by humor or otherwise.
Retriever Courage, notable for the impactful pamphlet-filled kiosks scattered randomly across campus’ many obscure nooks and crannies, took this bold step after choosing to say nothing at all about the fact that two self-admitted rapists, David Lyskawa and Chris Convers, were allowed to play on the baseball team this season.Thereby collecting an associated scholarship paid for by the tuition of the rest of campus, including survivors of sexual violence. A story broken in part by The Retriever Weekly several weeks ago.
The group is seems to be evoking the example of these individuals by encouraging The Retriever Weekly, for the good of the campus and in the hopes of creating a dialogue around this issue, to follow the example of UMBC’s fine upstanding rapists. Afterall, these rapists have maintained a low profile, quietly attending classes, playing in baseball games, and living in the UMBC community without raising much of a fuss at all.
These rapists are paid by the university for the services they provide much like The Retriever Weekly, but unlike The Retriever Weekly they seem to have a respect for what it means to build an inclusive campus environment. Truly, if the journalists on campus had the same sort of attitude as the rapists, the healing process would go much smoother. Instead, they choose to pick at the scab, exposing corruption and injustice in the name of “student safety” and “honest journalism.”
This email, as well as administrative statements made since, have made it clear that serious action will be taken to ensure that The Retriever Weekly as well as any other student publications are no longer able to make hurtful or damaging content, and will be restricted to only pieces that glorify administration. A policy that we here at MBC News have been… More than willing to embrace. With these reforms, administrators hope that public knowledge of sexual violence on campus will be totally eliminated within five years.