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In Order to Increase Student Athlete Readership, Skidmo’ Daily Commits to Keep Articles Below a Tenth Grade Reading Level

By Isaac DeMarchi

By Isaac DeMarchi

To make our audience big, Skidmo’ Daily is now planning to only write articles that appeal to the “athletically inclined” (sport people)  crowd of Skidmore College. As we all know, student-athletes are the goodest members of our community, and we want to make sure they feel included while reading our stuff. Whether this is through adding definitions for more challenging vocabulary words such as “antagonist,” “plethora,” or “consent,” or through only using words that could easily be taught to an intelligent dog. 

It really matters a whole lot to us that we support everyone in our community, whether they are an Exercise Science Major or a real student. We know that our publication can have challenging material for those who call themselves student-athletes, and we are responding to their concerns by making sure they don’t have to stop to Google too many words. Truly, it is my hope that by resisting our temptations to use words such as “deconstructionist,” “oligarchical,” or “privilege,” we can make the reach of our paper even bigger, dare I say even huge.

Though we know not all student athletes have trouble comprehending (understanding) the complicated subjects we tackle, such as STDs, Marc C Connor, or fart jokes, it’s simply not good enough to alienate even a few student who call this campus home. I’m sure many of us art students, or “freaks” as we are more colloquially called, are very worried about what more jocks might mean for the stuff we produce. I can promise that any changes to our writing will be very, very small.

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