July 1, 2008
Laney BSU newsletter discontinued
"The Laney Defender had a great run and will be an important example for future organizers of the Laney BSU."
Defender Editor Brother Reggie
The Laney Defender, the voice of the Laney Black Student Union (Laney BSU) during 2007-08 will cease to be published.
"After a year of producing the Laney Defender, we have decided to discontinue its publication effective immediately," said Defender Editor Brother Reggie, who also served as the Laney BSU Chairperson throughout most of the year.
He cited the lack of consistent contributions, poor organization infrastructure and participation and the lack of media training of successors as the reason for the publications demise. With the transition of summer from one year to the next, he hopes the Laney BSU is rechartered on campus.
"The Laney Defender had a great run and will be an important example for future organizers of the Laney BSU," the editor said. He added, "The newsletter is an important tool for any organization; however, without the basic organizational sustainability and guidance, the Defender is neither effective for membership recruitment or retention."
The Defender wishes to thank its dedicated staff for all of their hard work, as well as its readership for their loyal support.
"Defender archives will be online for future students to reflect on the Laney BSU's accomplishments in 2007-08," said Brother Reggie. "Hopefully it will inspire others to reincarnate another voice for Laney's Black student body."