From the Editor's Desk

From the Editor’s Desk: The Torch Has Been Passed

Courtesy of Mary ChappellMary Chappell explores downtown Chicago as a first-year sporting her Urban Outfitters glasses.

Ah, here we are. Time for a new staff to take over The Phoenix, and time for my first column as Editor-in-Chief. We’ll see how this goes.

I’m honored to be in charge of The Phoenix this year — it’s been a huge part of my life for the past two and a half years and has helped me to grow so much as a person and a professional.

I’ve come very far since my first few months writing for The Phoenix’s news section as a spry first-year. I even wore a pair of fake glasses from Urban Outfitters in attempts to look more sophisticated to my elders running the paper. Now, I’ve upgraded to prescription glasses and it’s my turn to carry the torch.

The Phoenix is now my baby and my responsibility. While this thought is scary, I couldn’t be more excited to continue working hard to get you, our readers, information about the surrounding community and the essential content you need through the ongoing situation with COVID-19. 

I don’t know what the next few months will bring for Loyola and for The Phoenix, but I do know we’ll work hard to keep this train running no matter what happens in the fall.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Jane Miller as my Managing Editor, who started as a writer in the news section with me as a first-year. She spent last fall at Loyola’s Washington, D.C. Program working as an intern at the prestigious Brookings Institution and this spring at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center. She was one of the students sent home as a result of the COVID-19 spread in Italy. I have no doubt she’ll bring a wealth of knowledge from those experiences, but most importantly, she’ll keep me in line.

I also want to express my gratitude to all seniors who worked for The Phoenix this past year and congratulate them on graduating. Most importantly, I want to thank my mentor and dear friend, former Editor-in-Chief Mary Norkol, for being my voice of reason and “consigliere.” She’s off to work for Report for America in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and I have no doubt she’ll be wildly successful in life with her drive and bold spirit.

I can’t wait to learn more about Loyola and see what’s in store for us this upcoming year — I can see the future is bright through my prescription glasses. Here we go.

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