Last week, The Phoenix published love notes submitted by Loyola students about their loved ones, but there was one missing — one for The Phoenix staff and our readers.
First, to our lovely staff — the 12 editors that put together this paper each week and spend a good part of most of their days thinking about stories, edits and layouts. I’m lucky to be a part of a staff with such talented reporters and editors, and I’m even luckier that we make such a great team.
There’s no one else I would want to spend 10 hours a week with in the basement of the School of Communication and I wouldn’t trade anything for the highly dysfunctional family we’ve created in the newsroom.
Also, to our readers. There wouldn’t be a Phoenix without you, and in reflecting on the stress so many student publications are under (see our staff editorial this week), I’ve realized how lucky we are to have such a supportive base of readers that interact with our content every week.
Thank you for not only reading stories, but sharing your stories with us as well. With every article we publish, I’m grateful for the people who allow us into a little part of their lives. We know it takes a lot of trust to allow someone to write your story, and we don’t take it for granted.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little bit of cheesiness, so I have to write to one reader in particular — my boyfriend, Tanner (I told you, cheesy!). Thanks for being my number one supporter, taking my dog outside while I’m on a late-night newspaper call or driving around Loyola’s campus to do Wednesday distribution. I love you (and happy birthday too).
Back to the news — we have a great issue for you this week (think of it as our version of a Valentine). In news, students share their frustrations with Loyola’s 8-Ride service. In A&E, The Phoenix’s resident movie critic Aqib Rasheed takes a look at the Oscar nominees. And in sports, dive into “The Loyola Project,” a documentary about the university’s 1963 men’s basketball team.