A note from the new editor

Dear reader, 

As you may know, it’s hiring season here at The Lawrentian, so you will likely be seeing some new faces around the paper over the coming weeks. One of them is here, as I’m excited to introduce myself as the new editor for the op-ed section. A bit of background about me: I’m a junior saxophone performance and English major, and while I’ve never actually held a position with a newspaper before, anyone who knows me knows that I’m an avid writer and hardly love anything more than a good discussion, a hot take or learning about something important that I’d never heard of before.  

I’m excited to be taking over for Miri, the outgoing op-ed editor, who has left some hugely difficult shoes to fill. That said, I’m excited for the challenges and successes ahead. I’m hoping to occasionally offer my own voice, as you’ll see I’ve done later in this edition, but mostly I want to elevate the voices of the talented writers I work with, and voices in the greater Lawrence community.  

I see the op-ed section as a vibrant community of thinkers and writers coming together to share ideas and arguments about a wide variety of issues. One of the things I love about Lawrence is that because students are so involved in almost every aspect of campus life and how the university is run, nearly every student you talk to has an interesting idea or opinion on something. There’s a continual dialogue about how things could, do and should work at Lawrence, and I’d like for the op-ed section to be a place to kickstart and enrich those discussions in a thoughtful, respectful space.  

To me, that means working with the community, and I have a lot of ways I envision doing that, so stay tuned for ways to get involved. In the meantime, if you have any ideas, recommendations or feedback for me, I encourage you to reach out; I’d love to hear from you.  

Happy reading! 

– Evan