Sometime late Thursday night into early Friday morning, an unknown party entered the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union and found their way into Raider Student Media. There, they made off with upwards of $10,000 worth of equipment.
This event has undoubtedly damaged the morale of those involved in Raider Student Media. For many students at the University, Raider Student Media is an outlet to express their creativity. It’s a place where students are free to voice their opinions, develop their creativity and make their visions become reality. During the process of creating content, many students form friendships that last for years, even lifetimes. If you or someone you know has ever been involved with Raider Student Media, you know that it is not your average student organization: it is a family.
This theft has stripped our family of the chance to empower one another and find comfort in our craft. But it has not and will not break our spirit. Day after day, we will continue to push through the adversity that has been thrown at us. Though this family is bent, we will not break.
To whoever took the equipment, it is not easy, but I forgive you. And I think many other students will too. Your actions were selfish and cowardly, but you took far less than you could have—and far less then you thought you did. Yes, you took our equipment, but you failed to take our spirit. And that is something we will never lose.