COLUMN: Disagree, but disagree politely

Nova Uriostegui

It often costs a pretty penny for organizations to put on larger events such as QSA's drag show, but it costs very little to keep a negative comment off a social media post. While you can have an opposing opinion, there is a time and a place for discussion, and a simple advertisement post is not that place.

QSA advertised their event through a social media post in the unofficial Elmhurst College Facebook group, and while many liked the post, a couple people had some negative comments towards the event.

While everyone is allowed to express an opinion, their comments had no merit in the discussion and merely were to bring negativity towards this event: the first event of its kind.

Among the comments was opposition to the event being funded, but no real reason as to why. The events that are held by organizations are completely up to the organization, and the college has no real say in the content of event. Some organizations have to proposal to Co-Op for funding, but, besides that, organizations are free to do as they please and as they see benefits the campus community.

While you are allowed to have an opinion, you also need to be aware of how you get your point across.

People will disagree with campus events, but every comment on the post itself boosted it to the top of the group and gained more attention, which was ironic if the intention was to have the post taken down or have a lesser audience.

These events and organizations are at a collegiate level, and the way we communicate should be at this level too. The way things happened were childish.

Rather than comment on a post, you could have sent an email to open a discussion with the members of QSA or attend some meetings held by QSA, especially the one where they provided information about what drag was before the event.

Better yet, just keep your opinions to yourself.

It is not that hard to have a discussion about something to gain some knowledge on the other viewpoint, even if you do not agree with it.

We live in a country where people can have opposing viewpoints and on a campus where organizations have control over the events they put on, but it is up to the individual on whether or not they want to respond politely or if they want to be malicious.

We are college students, not high school students, and we will all face opposition at one point or another. Respond with respect if you do not like something, or do not respond at all. An opinion expressed disrespectfully is not one that deserves to be acknowledged.