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The opposite of empty

Lakeidra Chavis/ Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2014

 

This issue marks the 26th issue of the Sun Star for the 2013-2014 school year.

It also signals the end of my career at this newspaper.

I’m excited to know what a Sunday without work feels like for the first time in two years.

I began working at the Sun Star when I was 18, and I walked into the editor’s office and asked if I could write–and I’ve been writing ever since.

But reporting on this campus and this university system comes with a price and eventually, you can get worn out.

A few weeks ago, if you asked me how I felt about my job as editor, I probably would’ve told you that it leaves people jaded, frustrated at the system and empty.

And it does, but it leaves you everything except empty.

Yes, you give up a lot for this job–school, relationships, a life, but what you gain is so much more.

I’d like to think that I’ve had the privilege to work with the sassiest but arguably most talented staff ever.

Our copy editor Julie Herrmann and our layout editor Raechyl Huisingh stuck through 26 issues. They worked over a combined 520 hours over that time period–and that’s just counting work that they did on Sundays, when we put the issue together and send it to print.

They helped keep Sundays grounded. Unlike other school newspapers, we don’t have a huge staff. So everyone does the job themselves. Our copy editor reads everything at least twice :p and is responsible for the entire paper, and our layout editor is responsible for laying out the entire issue in 13 hours.

This job is crazy, and these ladies have definitely made it worth it.

Our ad manager Pomi Chafin sold more than $30,000 worth of ads, and she’s only a freshman. My reporters and photographers are all uniquely talented and consistently self-driven.

In some ways, this is the best student job on campus because you are surrounded by awesome people like this.

And sure, there are bad days, lots of them. I’ve been yelled at and blogged about, people have tried to get me fired and the paper has been through a lot this year. But who cares?

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the content we put out. That you believed in us and continued reading the paper past the unforgivable typos and formatting errors.

Our mission as your student newspaper, is to give you the news you want to know and the news you need to know. I’d like to think we’ve done that–even with the limitations of our small staff.

I’d like to think we’ve done our job at keeping administrators and directors accountable, of showing how awesome students can be and covering campus life in the best of times and in the worst.

It has been a pleasure being your editor and most importantly, a privilege.

 

So peace, I’m out.

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