Letter from the Editor

Author: Tessa Bangs


This is my last issue as editor-in-chief of Scholastic; it is also the final edition of the magazine before we celebrate our 150th anniversary with a reunion weekend for previous and current staff. As I close one personal chapter, Scholastic as an institution simultaneously turns a new page while looking back into its long and storied past. 

This previous semester has allowed us a physical reminder of that joint action. In December, we moved from our previous office in the basement of South Dining Hall — with walls papered over with old covers; paper plates filled with style guide reminders; photos of long-graduated editors and countless inside jokes, only found funny in the throes of early-morning production. 

We moved to the second floor of Duncan Student Center: a shining space outfitted with everything a modern media outlet might need or desire. The move took us from the bowels of one of Notre Dame’s most storied buildings to the center of its newest. And it left us with a literal blank canvas, complete with empty walls and tack boards waiting to be filled.

I am a small component of Scholastic history. I hope that I did this legacy justice, however, as we carry the old with us to these new spaces. As we begin to fill up these walls and await former Scholastic editors and staff writers to christen them anew, I grapple with a fond farewell to this publication that has meant so much to me. 

I have attempted to impart to many people over the years just how integral my experience at Scholastic has been to my overall time at Notre Dame. All I can say is this: It has been an honor to become a part of this history and this family. 

I now turn over the role of editor-in-chief to Juan Jose Rodriguez and his new staff. Here’s to 150 more years. Thank you for reading over the past 12 months and four years. I wish you all the best.

Most sincerely,

Tessa Bangs