Dear Readers,

The Flipside is what the UW-Eau Claire campus makes of it.

We publish whatever students or community members take the time to create and submit.

Admittedly, our recent issues have contained a few grammatical errors, and for that I am sorry. Every issue of the Flipside requires a significant time commitment and in between designing, publishing, distributing, tallying, and facing a plethora of setbacks, a few editorial mistakes worked their way into our Spring 2017 issues.

In spite of this, I’m proud of what my staff accomplished with the resources available to us.

I’m proud to have offered a way for UW-Eau Claire students to display their creativity and political opinions.

To assert that a certain type of speech, in a specific format and medium, belongs in The Flipside more so than another type of speech seems to miss the intent of our publication. The Flipside does not seek to deny students an opportunity to express themselves. We actually take the idea of a free-speech publication literally and accept speech in all mediums and on all subjects.

After all, can’t a poem be political? Doesn’t the aesthetic hold a message? Isn’t fiction a way to build empathy? To those who doubt these questions: Have you been reading closely enough?

The First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

From the front page of The Flipside website: “The Flipside is a 1st amendment publication that offers perspective and scope. There is no central topic or bias in selecting what gets printed into these pages. As you will see in our issues, we take poetry and short stories, political editorials and cultural rants, creative writing and illustrations. Give us your name, stick to the rules of the 1st amendment, and it will be printed. We value and crave all perspectives.”

Also, if anyone wishes to see more of something in an edition, don’t hesitate to submit something yourself! For future reference, please remember that we require students, faculty, and community members to provide their real name along with their submission. Thank you to everyone who has submitted this past semester. Your submissions make The Flipside possible!