Dianna McMenamin: Her ‘worst nightmare’ is headline that overplays a sports story
To the editor:
I knew a student had died at UMass over the weekend, so when I saw Monday morning’s huge above-the-fold headline proclaiming, “UMass’ worst nightmare,” I assumed that the story would be about the tragic death of the UMass sophomore.
Instead, the story was about the loss of a football game. Really? A football loss is the worst thing that could happen to the entire University?
Even in the sports section, that headline would be absurd hyperbole, so I kept reading, thinking that perhaps the student had died during the course of the game.
No, it was just a football game. Then I thought that perhaps somehow it had escaped the newspaper’s notice that a human being had died at the university. How else could the “worst nightmare” be the loss of a game?
But no, the death of Evan Jones was covered on the front of Section B. Evidently a student’s death doesn’t much trouble anyone’s dreams.