Oracle cartoonist defends controversial artwork

Scott Turner, Theatre major

I have no intention to apologize for the cartoon that I drew “trashing” the business school.

I have no intention to apologize for having an opinion about the entire situation.

I have no intention to apologize for anything I’m about to say in this column.

If anyone deserves an apology, it is the students and faculty of Henderson as a whole. Dr. Linn refused an interview last week with this paper because of comments and allegedly biased coverage in this paper.

Dr. Linn demanded an apology from me, the cartoonist, and a full page apology from the Oracle. I believe that we’ve spent enough paper on Gary Linn and the rift his department’s raises caused at this school.

Dr. Linn, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re gonna get a full page for anything else, especially an apology. I’m sure anyone reading this column has already noticed the above cartoon. My point is this: I don’t really have any desire to flip off Dr. Linn.

I do respect him as an educator, despite all he has done to prove otherwise. Most political cartoons use hyperbole to create the effect they seek. So did I and I will continue to do so.

However, I am sorry that there are people at this school who can’t think about the integrity of education before themselves. I am sorry that Dr. Linn has a problem with his priorities. And I am sorry that such a terrible bruise has been left from the controversy of the past several weeks.

I want to thank John Worthen and Wendy Plyler for defending me and my cartoon last week. They did a great job and I appreciate the Oracle and Wendy and John very much.

I also want to express thanks for those who made the decisions against the raises. Who realized that these raises would hurt much more than they would help?

There isn’t anything that anyone could say to defend the School of Business’ actions lately to me.

I feel confident that the professors requesting raises are making at least enough to get by. It’s clear to everyone that Henderson and other schools in our state are in a financial sticky place. We are all having to tighten our belts a little, all of us.

When you go on a diet , you don’t just cut back on the fat and lie around the house all day. When you go on a diet, you go for a jog and have a salad instead. We can’t cut spending by spending more.

I understand that these raises may have been in the works for a while. But it sure wouldn’t have hurt to wait a little longer for it. Dr. Linn, you owe several people an apology, from students in every department to your own colleagues making a lot less than you for doing the same job.

Don’t get me wrong, I respect you for what you do.

I respect all educators at Henderson for sticking with this great school through good times and bad.

I hope that we can all come together now and feel a lot better about ourselves as a school when we come out on the other side of this crisis.

Mark Twain, a personal hero, said of newspapers: “We are told that they are irreverent, coarse, vulgar, ribald. I hope they will remain irreverent. I would like that irreverence to be preserved in America forever and ever – irreverence for all royalties and all those titled creatures born into privilege.”