A goodbye from The Collegian's outgoing EIC's
To the Saint Mary’s Community,
We are so honored to have had the opportunity to take the helm of this incredible publication. The Collegian has been a staple of Saint Mary’s student life for almost 120 years, and it was truly a privilege to be able to shape some part of this great legacy.
Our time with The Collegian has been a challenging and rewarding experience. Navigating student journalism in a pandemic, and through school scandals, censorship, and a societal shift to digital news has provided us with numerous opportunities for learning and growth. After surviving the past four years, we are confident this publication is here to stay!
The Collegian has been an incredible space for personal growth and career development. There is no better way to learn the ropes of the journalism industry than to be thrust straight into it and learn to navigate running a paper along with your peers. The experience we have gained in this newsroom has been truly invaluable. Later in our careers (hopefully both in journalism!), we will definitely look back fondly at our fulfilling, fun, and oftentimes chaotic years with this publication.
We are so grateful for the continued support of SIL, the Communication department, the SMC administration, and our readers on and off campus. A special thanks to our advisor Nolan Higdon. Having a seasoned journalist like him guide us was indispensable. We look forward to reading The Collegian for decades to come, and wish Madison Sciba and Lillian La Salle the best of luck as they take over the leadership of this incredible paper. We hope you like this issue, and we are thrilled to see our names and articles in print one last time!
Ryan Ford and Kiera O’Hara-Heinz
Note from Kiera:
As an aspiring journalist, working with The Collegian the past three and a half years has been incredible. I am endlessly grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this publication. In my time writing for The Collegian, I hope I was able to bring some attention to the issues facing the SMC community. Whether you loved or hated my articles, thanks for reading them!
Note from Ryan:
I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief at The Collegian this past year. After joining as a sports writer last year, The Collegian helped me realize my passion for journalism. Thank you to everyone who read any of our articles over the past two years, I will always look back on my time at The Collegian with the fondest of memories.
Madison Sciba '24,