(Though almost everything does)
I recently had the chance to swap stories with two former editors in chief of The Other Press. As could be expected, the discussion eventually turned towards varying stories of woe, success, and intrigue had while at the helm of this paper over the years—and I couldn’t help but notice that while the individuals on staff may change, certain things about a college newspaper are inevitable. Put enough young, artsy writers and editors in a room together, and without doubt, people will fight, people will fall in (and out of) love with each other, and people will create some truly remarkable pieces of journalism.
As we come to the 35th year of publication of The Other Press, I have to wonder how different things are under my leadership today from when our first editor was in charge in 1978. Sure, we write our articles on Microsoft Word instead of typewriters, and our students can read the latest issue on their smartphones instead of just in print—but I reckon that the issues we’re concerned about are fundamentally the same: we want to give Douglas College a quality publication, filled with interesting content that reflects everyone’s experiences as young people and students.
My only hope is that 35 years from now, The Other Press will still find a way into our children’s hands, too.