Consider the graphic above, representing the spectrum of Oberlin-generated stories that may interest the media.
C represents the stories that are 100% positive - the ones we hope the whole world will hear about, the ones we implore the New York Times to cover. Examples include the SEED House story.
A represents the stories that may be newsworthy, but are negative, or subject to significant misinterpretation or misunderstanding outside of the context of Oberlin. These are the stories that we're far less enthusiastic about seeing in the press.
B was one of the many topics of discussion at today's senior staff retreat. I brought it up because B represents the largest part of the spectrum - it's the area where elements of A and C are intertwined and can't be separated. Historically, Oberlin has been hesitant to promote stories that fall in the B range because of the presence of A in them. I'd like to see us adopt a different perspective: embrace these stories, and focus on the presence of C in them.
I used the Louis Black Oberlin Tour video as an example. Sure, there's some edgy stuff in there, but at the end, you have a world-famous comedian saying "if you guys out there want to go to a place where you're going to end up truly being an individual, then this is the place to go, and that's no bullshit."
This is not the sort of thing we should shy away from.
More to come... in the meantime, enjoy the video.