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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. By the time this gets published, Joe Biden will be just a few hours away from officially dropping the “elect” from his title, becoming the President of the United States. But that’s not what this is about.
This message is directed to the first-years stepping on campus — some for the first time — and for anyone coming back to the dorms since our exodus back in March.
From the Opinion section here at The Phoenix: Welcome.
You may notice at the beginning of all our opinion columns or pieces a short two-sentence paragraph, explaining its purpose — and I want to make sure the Loyola community knows we really mean this. It’s not only my mission, but my genuine desire to see this section as representing the real Loyola — not just a segmented, disproportionate and compartmentalized version.
Students, faculty and staff — everyone in the Loyola community — has a home at the Opinion section.
We have a good staff of regular writers and columnists, but the real lifeblood of this section has and always will be the guest contributors — like you.
These pieces don’t just express the writer’s thoughts, they tell their story and experiences. No one is more qualified to tell your story than you.
Pieces here range anywhere from the traditional topics of politics and social justice, but also include more lighthearted pieces about self reflection and personal columns. In the absence of a truly on-campus experience, I want this place to act as a safe forum for Loyolans to express themselves and spread awareness. A place for action, even if only in words.
I wrote a grand welcoming piece back in August, encouraging everyone — regardless of location — to get involved in the Loyola community, on and off campus. I want to reiterate that again.
While on-campus activism is still very much alive — and I encourage everyone who wants to be a part of the solution to get involved — contributing to the school’s discourse, at the very least, is a good way for those on campus to engage with the Loyola community still in their hometowns.
I wish everyone a safe and healthy start to the semester, and I look forward to seeing what you all have to say.