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A little perspective: Three COD educators share why Boston Bombing is relevant to campus

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Eric Hahn

Eric Hahn

Eric Hahn

Courier Advisor;
Chicago Tribune editor/designer


What makes this 

relevant to you, as the
advisor of the Courier?

The fact that the students are interested in it; as an advisor, my job is to guide but also to make sure the staff does what they want – writes about what they want. The biggest point stressed by the media’s coverage

of this event is getting your facts right.

Don’t go with what you assume is right. Verify, verify, verify; there’s a need to get it out first, but you might be first to get it wrong. This is something that every student can learn from.

The beauty of the internet is that you have a lot of voices, but a lot of them are crazy. All media have to keep the other media in check. For example, although it is meant to be funny, it’s important when Daily Show calls out Fox and CNN for reporting the wrong thing.

The Boston Bombing also proved the importance of being a multi-media consumer. Checking and rechecking all the different mediums of news and social media is crucial to formulating a story now; you don’t want to be the writer that gets it wrong. It’s crucial to think critically.



Eric Martinson
College of DuPage

English professor


What makes this 

relevant to you as professor 

on campus?
To start, the attention to detail. A buckle on a backpack; a white hat. The details of the event became paramount in regards to finding suspects. It was the details that ended up capturing our attention as well as the men themselves.

My job as a teacher is to

figure out a way to make students better communicators, particularly on the written level. Communicating effectively includes paying close attention to what is necessary and important; details can make all the difference.

Something I challenge my students to be in and out of the classroom is observant. In one of my lectures, I have students leave the room and sit somewhere on campus to observe the setting and its contents. I ask them to write about the scene; to take the time to see things they normally wouldn’t.

Most of my students see it as an eye opening experience and the work handed-in from the exercise is typically some of the best writing I receive all semester.

Students are receptive to the universality of a current event like this. It ignites substantial conversation that everyone can relate to in some way.






Christina Payton

Courier Advisor;
Mother of three

What makes this 

relevant to you, both on campus and at home?

I have to say I was glued to the screen. As far as working with students here at the college, I was thinking about how it would be to be on lockdown, like Boston University was.  I have a friend whose daughter is a freshman there and I cannot imagine the feelings she must have felt worried for her safety. If it happened here, I would do whatever I could to protect my students. I remember hearing from one report that the suspects learned how to put the bombs together via the internet, which reminded me that we are connected to so much information that can be used for good or bad.

If there is something I would want the students to take away from this event, it would be to

be vigilant and aware of those around you and your surroundings. Question everything. We can’t assume tragedies aren’t going to happen here.

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About the author

Caroline Koch

I am a first year student at COD, avid concert-goer, music blogger and lover of Transformers. I worked on many a magazine while attending Arizona State University and now I run my dance music & culture blog with my brother: Operationhandhug.com (Go check it out!) arts@cod.edu 630-942-2660

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