I was wondering for a while there why the Badger Herald would give its Editorial Board chair position to a known conservative, and I'm referring to Darryn Beckstrom. A law student here at UW-Madison, she wrote a regular column for the Mendota Beacon in its inaugural semester this spring, and has since moved into her new role seamlessly.
However, in the most recent issue of the Herald, UW alum and socialist activist Chris Dols writes a "featured column" (odd since it's a STUDENT newspaper) in the supposedly "independent" paper pointing out flaws in one of Darryn's arguments.
Now I thought that it went something like this; a newspaper hires a writer in an "editorial" position to give their opinions. If anyone has an issue or a complaint that isn't or shouldn't be on the staff, they can leave comments. However, I don't recall ever seeing a respectable publication include rebuttals of their own columnists by a writer who shouldn't even have a place in the paper.
This is just puzzling, but I don't know, I'm just a humble columnist for a REAL newspaper. Viva la Beacon!