Vapes, names, and recycling pains at FSW

Jose Diaz, FSW Compass co-editor. Photo by Antoria Miller

To the students,

Here is the usual round up of what we covered this issue, why it is important, and how you should check out our website ( for all of our stories.

However, this editorial is important because this is our biggest issue to date, and there are a couple of stories I need to address.

I’ll start with vaping.  I admit to you all that I am an avid vape user.  In my article, “What you should know if you vape”, I broke down the vaping epidemic by the numbers and explored how you can smoke e-cigarettes and THC, if you still choose to do so.

If you are reading our vaping stories and believe that they are written in a “VAPING BAD” sort of way, it is because, as journalists, we can’t make critical health decisions based on our own judgements.

I wanted to put out the CDC’s statistics accessibly to FSW’s smokers, because it is better to know the problem and then ignore it, rather to just ignore it altogether. 

I am one of those who still vapes despite the warning signs. About 1600 people have been hospitalized and more than 30 have died. The choice is yours, as is mine, on what you do with your own body.

The FSW Compass’ other co-editor, Lianna Hubbard, continued the series Trans at FSW on the back page with the story “Real name on the roster”. In it, she explored the importance of having your real name on class rosters and Canvas, a privilege cisgender students don’t realize they have. Cisgender are people who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

A new program is coming to Portal and Canvas that will allow students to change to their real names in the coming semesters.

On the front page of this issue, I reported on a story “FSW fails at recycling” on how FSW recycles -or doesn’t- both from an institutional and student point of view.

I’d like to address the irony that many of you may find in doing this.

We release three thousand papers across the campuses every few weeks, with many ultimately landing in the trash whether by a student, faculty, or custodian’s hand.

Either way, at the Compass we reflect what we report on, and in order to avoid the hypocrisy I stated, we recycle any leftover papers in our newsroom to Lee County Solid Waste. If you read our paper, do not throw it away. Pass it on to someone else, or recycle it. If you really don’t want to pick up a paper, we have our website,, which presents our stories digitally, leaving almost no carbon footprint.

The Compass is committed to recycling. We want our pages to serve as a college forum on recycling, as well as other forms of reducing carbon emissions and saving energy.

If any students or faculty would like to share ideas about making the college greener, I urge you to write a letter to the editor so we can publish your thoughts and ideas.

As Christina Ottman told me when I was reporting on the recycling story, “There needs to be student-led initiative, which would have full faculty support.”

Let’s make that happen.

Jose Diaz

FSW Compass Co-Editor

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