3.07.2006

Priorities?

"BJU staff evangelist plays trumpet, preaches Gospel"

So, which order is it?

Favorite quote from the article: "His great like of his instrument is found in his belief that 'real men play trumpet.'"

It helps to confirm my opinion that Mr. Shrock is, in fact, a stereotypical trumpet player, as well as my opinion that the Collegian's writing could use some help. That sentence would be much clearer (i.e., mean what I think the writer intended it to mean) if it said, for example, "His partiality toward his instrument stems from his fallacious belief that 'real men play trumpet.'") (In fairness to the Collegian writers, I will say that I realize that they're all quite busy, and probably churn out articles in very short periods of time that do not allow for adequate revision. I've written plenty of papers like that myself--a big difference being that only the teacher and I critiqued most of my papers, while newspaper writers have a much broader range of critics.

4 comments:

Jason said...

Schrock's an interesting fellow- he used to go to my church in CT so I have lots of stories, antecdotes, etc. and you'll probably find it interesting that the girl who wrote the article is from my school, so she knows Schrock really well (which is probably why she included his ridiculous comment about real men playing the trumpet).

mel said...

Interesting. He goes to my church now.

Yeah, that explains why she would include the ridiculous quotation... I seem to remember doing that to my high school band director once. =)

Jason said...

has he preached there yet? that's an experience:)

Monica said...

Chris and I read the article last night, and we wondered if maybe she wasn't using his own words to be a little tongue-in-cheek and get it past the censors...