A word from our editors

As we approach the end of April, the St. Olaf campus is awash in cover letters, resumes, references and the occasional job offer. It is a time of looking forward, whether toward summer plans, a career or another year on the Hill. We are as excited as anyone to take on new challenges and experiences. However, just for a moment, we want to take a look back at some of the highlights of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Of course, the biggest event on everyone’s mind: the arrival of the new StoPrint. Though it doesn’t feel any different, we’ve been assured that it is “much improved.” Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on to a few more memorable moments.

At the Messenger, we love getting the chance to report on the exciting speakers that Political Awareness Committee and other organizations bring to campus. This year featured a range of political views with Stephanie Cutter’s appearance this fall and Newt Gingrich’s controversial visit in April. Both speakers addressed important issues, but more than that, they reminded us that St. Olaf should always be a place that welcomes dialogue, political or otherwise.

Covering the loss of loved ones is always difficult, but it was a privilege to commemorate the contributions that three beloved faculty members made to our community. Professor of History, American Studies and Environmental Studies Jim Farrell, Professor of Music and Music History Alice Hanson and former Associate College Pastor Jennifer Koenig ’87 will always be remembered for the impact they made on students, faculty and staff alike.

One of the great things about the Messenger is that we cover more than life on campus. We have the opportunity to discuss prevalent issues in our nation and world. This year, we wrote on topics ranging from Buzzfeed quizzes to the Maylasian plane disappearance. One recurring theme focused on feminist issues such as the creation of a realistic Barbie-type doll, or the controversy following the selection of Nina Davuluri as Miss America.

Of course, one beloved tradition here at the Messenger is our annual satire issue, where we poke fun at campus events and stereotypes. A particular favorite this year featured a medley of Caf-themed complaints about everything that could possibly be wrong with Stav Hall.

We have been grateful to serve as the executive team of this publication for the past year and know that it is in good hands for the upcoming academic year. Keep an eye out for the new staff’s first issue in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading!

– wastveds@stolaf.edu and lohmanna@stolaf.edu

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