Oof. It’s amazing how the process of putting together The Phoenix always takes longer after we’ve had a week off.
I’m writing this column after midnight on our Tuesday production night. This paper will be on racks in about 12 hours and weirdly, our entire staff is still in the room.
Typically, most of the editors have trickled out by now. But we’ve just been off for Spring Break and we’re dreadfully out of practice.
There’s a tight window of when we’re at our most efficient in this room. Too many weeks in a row and we’re dragging, but too many weeks off and we can’t seem to get it together.
That’s not to say our reporting isn’t as good, it just means we walk a fine line when we pack 16 very loud, but different editors in a room and expect them to pull together the print product in a productive way.
Now, back to the reason for the break, because it was sorely needed. I spent a week in Tennessee with 10 of my friends, and it was a great trip.
But let me tell you. Traveling with 10 other people is like herding cats.
Have you ever tried to direct 10 drunk college students to do anything at the same time?
Take showers in the morning in a timely manner?
Make them enough hangover coffee and eggs?
Fit them all into a hot tub?
Buy them enough beer to last a week?
All I’m saying is … maybe it’s okay to ditch a few at a Kentucky rest stop.
Now, back to the paper we’re trying to put together. Since I started this column, the Sports and News sections have left triumphantly.
You see, the sections have a fierce competition over who gets out of here faster.
But while we were gone, the news didn’t stop.
The News section has two stories shedding light on the issue of sexual violence on campus. It takes a wide and narrow view.
The first is a story about how many reports of sexual violence Loyola receives and how the school deals with them.
The second is an important story showing how horrific and traumatic these crimes can be and the personal toll they take. This story is based entirely on police reports and is important because, as the #MeToo movement showed us, the only way things can change is if a light is turned on.
Sports has full coverage of the men’s basketball team’s early — and disappointing — exit from Arch Madness.
Arts has the moving obituary of WLUW’s founder and Opinion has an interesting letter to the editor from a former Phoenix adviser.
Welcome back to school and welcome back to our pages. Enjoy.