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ISSUE 121 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/21/2007

A Word from Our Editors: Fresh start

By Matt Tiano
Executive Editor
and Peter Farrell
Executive Editor

Friday, September 21, 2007

As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, the bags under everyone's eyes are beginning to sag. First years are trying to balance new relationships and new academic expectations, while upper-classmen are choosing majors, cementing (and, hopefully, still creating) lifelong friendships and navigating the depths of the academic discipline they have chosen to pursue. At this point, it's not just about getting past "hump" day every week - it's getting through the "hump" months of October, November and December.

But even as academic stress starts to set in, the year still feels fresh, and for a good reason: change is afoot at St. Olaf College. The construction of the new Science Center is moving along at an impressively brisk pace. President Anderson repainted his home, replacing President Thomforde's technicolor ode to our college's heritage with institutional gray. St. Olaf owns small farm animals now, too - STOGROW purchased eight chickens and two lambs. Saunter down and visit the newest additions to the St. Olaf family at your convenience.

Change is also afoot at the Manitou Messenger. At the end of last year, the majority of the Messenger staff "retired," or, more precisely, graduated. As a result, there's a lot of fresh blood at the newspaper this year. Our talented, dedicated and motivated staff is working hard to expand the depth of our coverage, cast new light on old issues and take risks.

Our ambition for the coming school year not only stems from a desire to improve our publication, but also from advanced technological capabilities. Over the summer, the Messenger acquired five new iMac G5's, all of which are equipped with Adobe's Creative Suite.

We can now take layout risks that were out of the realm of possibility before we converted to new software. The changes will come slowly at first, but we hope to engage the student body both visually and intellectually this year.

After all, the primary purpose of the Messenger is to serve the interests of the student body. Although we receive funding from the college, we function independently. We provide students with the opportunity to keep tabs on the activities of fellow Oles and the College's administration.

As our new Opinions Editor Emily Williams astutely points out, there is a considerable incentive for students to involve themselves with the Messenger. We crave your input. A tremendous amount of hard work goes into producing this newspaper every week, and the more input we receive from the student body, the better.

But as we adjust to a new staff and a new school year, we also must request your patience as we make beneficial, but challenging, transitions. In fact, we would love it if you would help us in our transitional period. Stop by our office and introduce yourself. Or better yet, stop by one of our meetings on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. and take a story.

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