By Chandler Walter, Editor-in-Chief
First off, thank you for picking up this paper. That small decision means more to me than you could ever imagine, and it is what keeps this Other Press ship afloat.
What you have here in your hands is basically a week’s worth of work for roughly 20 young adults, not all of whom have bylines on these pages but all have put in the time and effort to somehow get these words in front of your eyes. Between Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and whatever other apps I’m too far out of the loop now to be familiar with, the fact that you’re actually still reading the student newspaper is a miracle in itself.
I know your time is precious, and your attention span waning; I’m getting to the point, I promise.
This issue marks the first of many Other Press issues soon to come that are written, crafted, and distributed by what feels like an entirely fresh newsroom. In what amounts to the off-season for us (we only print one issue per month during the summer semester) we decided to shake things up; we opened every possible position at our newspaper for application, and after an onslaught of interviews, some hard goodbyes, and a few promising new additions, we’re once again whole and ready to bring you content worthy of your time.
Within these pages, week after week, we will be bringing you something that you can’t find anywhere else: News, stories, and viewpoints about Douglas College—and the surrounding communities—that are specifically tailored to you, the students of this institution.
I can’t promise that we’ll be perfect—I’m still getting the hang of this whole ship-steering thing myself, if I’m being completely honest—but I can assure you that we will do our best to provide content that is accurate, relevant, timely, and informative each and every week that you see a colourful new cover on those Other Press stands. If, in return, you decide to pick up and read those shiny new issues, do so knowing that you are just as much a part of this process as we are.
If something we write bothers you, feel free to email. If you’d like to see how this is all done, come on by our office at Room 1020. If you’ve ever wanted to see your name in print—and believe me (the self-absorbed fool that I am), it’s wonderful—we are always taking contributions.
To all the new students wandering the halls for the very first time: Welcome to Douglas College, this is the student newspaper, the Other Press, and we will have a new issue out every week—except on holidays, or in the likely event that I somehow accidentally destroy everything.
If you somehow managed to make it this far through the Lettitor, I’d suggest checking out what’s waiting on the rest of these pages—I can guarantee that you’ll find some great work by some great people.