With over a century and a half of editorial shoes to fill, I hoped that I might find some inspiration in my many predecessors. Flipping through books of archives and dusty pages, I searched for some wisdom, calling out to me like a siren from the past. I found instead tidbits about watermelon season, advice to bathe more frequently and more than a few hardline opinions on irreligious reading material. Scholastic’s 10th year of circulation was certainly a gripping one.
Strange discoveries aside, there is something spectacular about the history
of this publication. Though I did find some odd pieces, I couldn’t help but be proud of an amazing breadth of poems, stories, think pieces and fearless reporting. There is a world of news, culture, sports and humor hidden within the pages of Scholastic to be rediscovered in over 150 years of magazines.
In this issue, our outgoing and incoming staff have worked together to
once again give voice to the stories students want to hear about. Although headlines report how easily college diplomas can be bought — if only you know the right people and have enough money — hard work and determination become ever more characteristic of this office and what Notre Dame students value. Building on yet another remarkable year, I have more faith than ever in the people of this staff who so embody these qualities. A note about the Sarcastic issue of Scholastic: have fun, maybe laugh, and don’t take us too seriously. We don’t.
With exams not so far on the horizon and exciting summer adventures ahead, I’ll leave you with a few words from the editor-in-chief of the 10th volume of Scholastic, written on Sept. 6, 1876, on what this magazine meant and, in my opinion, continues to mean to this university.
“It is to them a strong bond which unites them with the strength of steel to their Alma Mater and brings back to them all the dear recollections of youth.”
Here’s to all our recollections in progress.