Let’s face it – parents know best. They are like live-in therapists, guiding us through every earth-shattering heartbreak, qualm with friends and (admittedly) minor inconvenience.
However, there are limits to our parent’s expertise. We, for one, draw the line at journalism.
There’s no such thing as a bad idea, but some definitely push the envelope. Here’s a compilation of the most envelope-pushing pitches we’ve received from our parents. And who knows, maybe you’ll see some of these turn into editorials soon (but probably not).
Layla Peykamian, Assistant Opinion Editor
If I had a biggest supporter in my journalistic endeavors, it would undoubtedly be my parents. They have enthusiastically been a sounding board for my (occasionally ridiculous) pitches and ever so often have offered their own (occasionally ridiculous) ideas. One they have been pitched to me more than once is “dogs in the White House.”
What does a pitch of “dogs in the White House” entail? Well, the idea is: President Joe Biden has dogs and former president Donald Trump did not.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am very pleased dogs are back in the White House. I am enthused by it, even. But one cannot make a 500-600 word article out of a singular statement of fact. Maggie and Shahram, in their canine-loving hearts, have had a hard time coming to terms with that. And honestly, it makes me love them more.
Kennedy Cox, Editorial Board Member and Columnist
As we all know, the dining halls have a vegetarian station, but they only serve one main meal option. Last semester, I was able to make any station work because I don’t like to limit myself, but sometimes, I had no choice but to resort to the vegetarian station. The issue is: they give the absolute smallest serving size possible every single time.