Well here we are, my first production night as editor-in-chief and my first time on the second page. As someone who joined the Phoenix a year and a half ago as a writer, I never imagined I’d end up here in the corner desk of the newsroom click clacking away on the most satisfying keyboard I’ve ever used (definitely one of the bigger perks of being EIC).
Now if you’re not a fan of award speeches where actors drone on and on about how thankful they are (yes I’m talking to you Dad) you might want to skip this issue and wait for the next this fall.
So without further ado, I’d first like to thank the one and only Katie Anthony. She has been such a God-send for me during my time of The Phoenix, starting out as my assistant news editor before paving the way for me and continuing the assistant news editor to editor-in-chief pipeline. I feel so much pressure to fill the boots she’s left behind and I honestly should just make her an emergency contact at this point given the amount of times I’ve called and texted her since being hired.
I also want to thank my dear friends Kayleigh, Zack, Rylee and Leen for making this news year the best yet and all my other lovely fellow phoens who have welcomed me into the Phoenpham and helped me get to the place I am today as a writer, editor and photographer.
Looking forward, I’m beyond excited to work with Austin Hojdar as the managing editor as well as an almost entirely new staff who are ready to get to work. They have a multitude of new and exciting ideas about how to make The Phoenix even better than it is now and I can’t wait to work alongside them to enact our vision.
And to you, our readers, thank you for all of your support this past year. Looking forward, I plan to offer nothing less than credible, transparent and truthful journalism that reflects our Loyola community and the Rogers Park neighborhood. Our paper reflects the Loyola and Rogers Park community and your support proves our success in doing so.
This summer issue, which will remain in stands over the next four months, features some of our best work from the year. As you flip through these next pages, check out stories about illnesses tied to dining hall food, campus confessions and the new women’s basketball coach.