By Allison Tinsey
It is with great pride and pleasure that I offer a new Index to Kalamazoo College this quarter. Over the course of this year, the Index has endured a myriad of aesthetic changes to make its layout reflect the journalism on its pages. In addition to a new masthead, we have added two additional pages to the newspaper in order to accommodate more news, features, opinions, arts, and sports coverage. Along with our dedication to providing our campus with weekly news, we have added features that will hopefully keep you coming back each week. These include the Krossword, quotes and comics featuring our quirky professors, event schedules, the sports sideline, and now a weekly ‘Buzzkill’ article.
None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of all of our staff members. I would especially like to thank first year Graham Key for his contributions. Since day one, Key has made it his mission to make the paper better with each issue. Much of our redesign can be credited to him. Key also diligently works on the Student Commission beat and enjoys writing satirical pieces for the Buzzkill. The Editorial Staff recently promoted Key to Associate Editor.
Every spring countless student organizations transition their leadership to a new group of students. The Index has an open application for those wishing to apply for next year’s Editorial Staff. Positions that are up for grabs include Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Features Editor, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Opinions and Editorials Editor, Sports Editor, Layout Editor, Web and Social Media Editor, Copy Editor, and Business Manager. Each of these positions plays a crucial role in putting together the paper every week. The Index welcomes all students to apply and no experience is necessary, though it is encouraged. To find out more about all of these positions, students can attend our weekly meetings at 8:00 PM on Sundays, ask any of the current editors, or visit our website where they will find the link to the Editor Application. Applications are due April 20, 2014.
As Editor-in-Chief, I have been able to witness the growth of the entire staff as they face a variety of challenges and rise to meet them with diligence, precision, stamina, and enthusiasm. I can only hope that those applying for next year’s positions are willing and able to devote themselves to continuing our tradition of journalistic integrity as much as the current staff has. We are a group of student volunteers who provide a vital service to this academic institution. As the student newspaper of Kalamazoo College, we need a staff dedicated to our mission of providing information as well as intellectually stimulating feedback on the happenings at K.
Yours in leadership,