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September 26, 2009: Let’s See Who Cares

Pete Townshend

Today this web site will take a break from the usual rhetoric to offer a Rock ‘n Roll history lesson, which is a vastly more enjoyable way of imparting rhetoric and, hopefully for readers of this blog, a more palatable way of digesting it as well.

In 1971, The Who released a single in the UK entitled “Let’s See Action,” a song that guitarist Pete Townshend described as being “about the people who act in a revolution and the people that sit back.”

According to Townshend, the song was intended for The Who’s influential “Who’s Next” album, but the band couldn’t come to an agreement on that, so Townshend instead released the song a year later on “Who Came First,” his first major-label solo album. One dollar from the sale of each album went to various charities.

The song’s powerful verse reads like this:

Let’s see action, let’s see people,

Let’s see freedom up in the air,

Let’s see action, let’s see people,

Let’s be free, let’s see who cares.

That’s it for the history lesson. Now it’s time to see who cares. Over the summer, College of the Canyons administration axed the award-winning student newspaper the Canyon Call, the school’s 40-year-old vehicle of First Amendment free speech and foundation for campus communication … and it sailed off into the sunset without so much as a whimper.

The college is in the process of creating a new Media Entertainment Arts division out of the old Radio/TV/Film Department and the spare parts left over from the breakup of the Journalism Department. It’s the way of the world, there’s no turning back, and we get it. Really.

MEA students are now writing news stories and shooting photographs for an online publication called Cougar News. Again, great news and a positive step.

The coalition sponsoring this web site believes a printed version of campus newspaper needs to be a part of the new division’s curriculum. A newspaper gives the 25,000 students who attend COC a sense of community and provides the school with an archival record for future generations.

So, let’s see who cares. Consider taking a brief moment to send a note to any one of the school administrators listed on the left-hand column of this web site. We’re sure they’d love to hear from you. You can also join the legions of concerned citizens who have signed the online petition to save the Canyon Call.

Click here to see a “Let’s See Action” video.

Click here to sign the online petition to save the Canyon Call.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 34