From the Editor's Desk

From the Editor’s Desk: The Power of the McFlurry

Mary Chappell | The PhoenixFormer Assistant News Editor Jane Miller, former News Editor Mary Norkol and former Assistant News Editor Mary Chappell eat McFlurries in the Phoenix newsroom during the 2018-19 school year.

There’s something about eating junk food during Phoenix production nights on Tuesdays — election night pizza, Taco Bell or grub from other late-night joints nearby — but nothing compares to the power of the McDonalds McFlurry.

I just want to clarify that I’m not sponsored by McDonalds or being paid to say this. I just have a pathetic love for snack-sized M&M McFlurrys.

For those who have never tried one, the two flavor options are M&M and Oreo mixed in with soft-serve ice cream. I’ve always been shamed for my love of the M&M McFlurry in the newsroom because apparently some Phoenix staffers think Oreo is superior. I disagree.

As we grind out all the edits and make other preparations for our weekly Wednesday publication, things can get stressful. But nothing boosts morale more than a quick walk to McDonalds if we’re working out of our newsroom downtown or an Uber Eats order for the mixed ice cream delicacy while working remotely. 

McFlurry runs have always made for fun conversations with the small group of Phoenix staffers who volunteer to make the late-night trip to McDonalds at Chicago Avenue and North State Street near Water Tower Campus. When the group returns with multiple drink carriers of McFlurrys, people definitely perk up.

I always loved McFlurrys as a kid but wasn’t reunited with the ice cream treat until I joined the Phoenix staff my sophomore year as an assistant news editor. I was trying to remember what started the late-night ritual, but I couldn’t, so I reached out to former Editor-in-Chief Mary Norkol to ask.

“Stress and desperation,” she said.

In news this week, read about how UNIV 101 courses at Loyola remain a support system for first-years through COVID-19 and find a piece on several coffee shops where you can get your caffeine fix.

In opinion, read a piece memorializing the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some pandemic precautions Phoenix contributors say shouldn’t go away once COVID-19 is over.

In A&E, find a story on the 72nd Emmy Awards and pandemic adaptions for the event and a Phoenix 101 on broadcast TV being back and what that looks like. In sports, find stories on conference schedules being released for both men’s and women’s basketball and information on a Loyola Athletics virtual 5k.

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