I’m Taylor Brethauer and I’ll be serving as your editor-in-chief for the next calendar year. I’d like to share with you my excitement by starting with a short story.
During finals week of the previous semester, the Quadrangle was in the process of moving offices (the story about the move will have to be saved for a different letter, at a different time). Our old location allowed us to hold onto countless stacks of old Quadrangles, not only from the duration of the semester but also from past years, past editors and even past decades. I took it upon myself to archive one of every issue I could find for our new office, before recycling the extras. It was such a joy to read through the work of all of the students who strived to make this paper the best it can be. I’m not sure you’ve taken notice of this before, reader, but this paper has been around since 1924– we’ve got quite the legacy going on around here. To be the leader of this organization is nothing short of surreal to me.
I’ve been taught in my classes that journalism is “the first draft of history.” The history of this paper is a rich one. We covered hard-hitting stories such as crimes happening in Van Cortlandt Park. Our writers were there for the fun MC memories like winning the MAAC tournament two years in a row. We produced some strong special issues on topics like diversity and food. Our arts and entertainment staff even had reviews of classic shows such as ‘The O.C.’ and ‘90210’ in the early years. We’re documenting another piece of MC history today by announcing this year’s Springfest artist, Jesse McCartney. But all in all, we have always been here to document the history of this college. I am so honored to continue to do so as the next editor-in-chief. Let’s get this party started!