From the Editor's Desk

Here’s to Starting off Strong for Volume 51

Alanna Demetrius | The Phoenix

Welp, here we are: The 51st edition of the Loyola Phoenix.

Even scarier, here I am: The 51st editor-in-chief of the Loyola Phoenix — also known as the best student newspaper in the country, in my incredibly unbiased opinion.

I’ve thought a lot about how to approach the daunting blank space on page two of our paper reserved solely for my voice. It’s a strangely emotional experience to begin a new year with this newspaper — certain traces of last year have been wiped clean, along with the white board featuring the most heinous newsroom quotes.

I’m unbelievably honored to be the next “guardian” of this newspaper, as my predecessor Henry Redman would say.

There’s more responsibility than you would believe, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

I’ve been told by many, including Henry, that I’m crazy for wanting this job.

I don’t refute that. I am crazy for it, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And trust me, as readers, you wouldn’t either. As we gear up for a year that will undoubtedly prove to be as eventful as my last three here at Loyola, I’m excited, of course, but it also means drawing a close to a year that was truly unforgettable.

I want to take time to promise you, The Phoenix’s readers, that I’ll use my role as editor to fight for you. To get you the information you need, to listen to criticism and to work my hardest to better this paper every single week.

I’m pretty sure when I look back on my time in college 10, 20 or 30 years from now, The Phoenix will be one of the first things that comes to mind. Yes, because of the reporting and editing experiences I’ve had, but more than that because of the people.

If I started off the year without thanking our graduating seniors in my column, it just wouldn’t be right, considering they were some of my most respected role models and closest friends.

Henry, Mike, Almudena, Maggie, Ally, Carly, McKeever, Chris and Reid, I have one thing to say to you — that is, if you still bother to read this old rag of a paper. Thank you. Thank you for everything.

The current staff is raising a glass — or, more accurately, our coffee mugs, since we’re in the newsroom — to the class of 2019.

We’ve got a good paper for you to wrap up this year and introduce the next one.

Our news section tackles the closing of a favorite Rogers Park business, the incoming class of Ramblers and crime near campus.

Sports takes on the summer highlighting the incoming men’s basketball recruits and focusing on the role of women in Loyola athletics.

Arts and Entertainment features an overview of the highly anticipated Hamilton exhibit and a preview of what Chicago street festivals to check out this summer.

Our staff editorial urges students and Rogers Park residents to keep our neighborhood unique and homey by patronizing local businesses and keeping them alive despite chain restaurants and stores taking over Sheridan Road.

With that, let’s get to work. I can’t wait to get started.

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