It’s been a slice
The academic year is drawing to a close, and that means the final Reflector issue of the season has arrived.
Though a few current editors will take on new positions and continue next year, for the majority of us, this is the last issue we will ever create.
There have been lots of highlights and a few lowlights, but overall it’s been fantastic for us, and hopefully pretty okay for the readers as well.
Chances are that we will never again have total editorial control over a publication like The Reflector. We wanted to use that freedom as constructively as possible by experimenting and stretching ourselves in ways we didn’t even know were possible before we tried.
Our biggest project this year was clearly the redesign of the paper. It’s been quite a while since The Reflector got an overhaul of this magnitude — for which all the praise and chicken fingers (cause that’s all he likes) must go to our layout editor, Vern McGill.
But, a great design with bad writing still equals a bad paper, and we’ve worked hard to make sure we’re presenting an excellent product that serves our readers, the students of MRU, to the best of our ability.
We’ve had a fantastic time reporting about the people and issues that are important to everyone who comes together to make Mount Royal University the amazing institution and community that it is.
It’s absolutely necessary that we give shout outs to our dearest loves — noodle cubes (Thai Express), hot bean juice (Good Earth) and stealing lemons (you figure it out) — which sustained us through long nights of editing. Another thing we’ve all greatly enjoyed is annoying Demian Clements on a regular basis.
For the team at The Reflector, this year has reignited (or, in some cases, ignited) our love of journalism. The ability to write about the things that matter to us, in the way we want to write about them, is a powerful gift that doesn’t come along very often in the news industry.
The students of Mount Royal University gave that gift to us. Thank you so much.
Thank you for giving us the honour of carrying The Reflector forward, thank you for letting us tell your stories, and thank you for reading.