The Journal is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Our mission is to publish news and feature stories, editorial and opinions relevant to the campus community while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in The Journal Code of Conduct and Editorial Board By-laws and Procedures. Letters to the Editor: Letters may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com, postal mailed to The Journal, SAB 20, UIS, Springfield, IL 62703-5407 or faxed to 217-206-6048. Letters should be 300 words or less. Deadline for submitting letters is noon on the Thursday prior to the publishing date. The Journal reserves the right to reject or edit any submitted letter-to-the-editor. If any revisions take place, the author will be notified. Editorial/Guest Commentary: Journal editorials are the opinion of the newspaper's editorial board. Guest columns should be between 300 and 500 words. The Journal does not necessarily endorse opinions expressed in any column. The Journal recognizes the importance of providing a forum for our readers to express personal views. Questions may be directed to The Journal at 217-206-NEWS (6397).