From the Editor's Desk

Welcome Back To Reality, Ramblers

Mary Norkol | The PhoenixPhoenix Editor-in-Chief, Mary Norkol, spent the summer studying in Arles, France. She's pictured here with her host parents.

And just like that, we’re getting ready for school again, and I’m sitting in the newsroom again, scrambling to write this week’s article on deadline.

After a summer studying abroad in France, I feel like I’ve been vaulted into reality at a pretty harsh speed, but I hope I’m ready to get back to it.

I studied in Arles, France for six weeks and stayed with a host family who I adore. Of those six weeks, my host parents probably spent five of them trying to convince me to write my articles in French so they could follow along with me throughout the year.

Unfortunately, I don’t think writing in French would serve you, our readers, very well. But because I have a space in this paper dedicated to my thoughts, I decided on a compromise — just a few short sentences in French as a tribute to the family who took me in all summer: “Bonjour ma famille d’acceuil! Vous me manquez beaucoup et j’espère que vous allez bien. À bientôt!”

Like most Loyola seniors, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the year ahead is going to go. More importantly, and more ominously, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’m going to be and what I’m going to be doing a year from now.

That being said, I don’t want to spend so much time worrying about the future that I don’t enjoy this next year. I can’t wait to get started on my final year at Loyola and as the guardian of The Phoenix. 

But it’s important to remember that this isn’t my paper.

It belongs to the readers — it’s just my responsibility, and that of my staff, to take care of it for a little while.

To welcome you back to campus, and to welcome the class of 2023 for the first time, we have a great issue.

News covers the summer’s police activity in Rogers Park and details the issue of beach safety in the neighborhood. Sports gears up for the fall with previews of women’s and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. A&E provides a look into the Argyle Night Market not far from the Lake Shore Campus and Opinion Editor Adrian Nevarez encourages Loyola students to dive into the neighborhood around them.

We also have a very exciting Closer Look into our very own Sister Jean’s 100th birthday. And while she hasn’t quite reached the level of stardom as Sister Jean, I also want to wish a very happy birthday to my aunt and godmother, Colleen Goodrich. She’s taught me a lot about life, family, growing up and more. But most importantly she taught me not to take myself too seriously. Happy birthday, Aunt Beef!

And with that … let’s get to work!

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