Letter from the Editor: Dear Monarchs
From the staff at Mace and Crown, we’d like to welcome you to our ever-growing campus. Whether you just experienced your first week of college classes or began your last semester here at Old Dominion, we hope that you had an enjoyable first week back. Thank you for picking up a copy of our first edition of 2016, or if you’re reading this online, visiting our website.
Over the next few months, we hope to provide you with the information and insight you need as a Monarch while we tackle campus issues, share student stories and reflect on community events. It is our hope that we can elevate the voice of the student body and create real, constructive dialogue on campus from the pages of our weekly newspaper.
I know that many of you, like myself and several members of the Mace and Crown editorial board, are just weeks away from graduating and moving on from the university we’ve dedicated countless hours to. As you put the final touches on your education this semester, take the time to stop and reflect on your efforts here. You’re almost at the finish line, and all of your hard work has been worth it. Take the lessons you’ve learned as a Monarch with you into the next stage of your lives.
If you’re just beginning your college education or have more than a semester left, use that time to find out what is really important to you. There are already some fantastic events lined up for this semester and hundreds of organizations that would love to have you as a member.
Still no idea? Alicia Garza, co-creator of Black Lives Matter, is coming to campus on February 2 and former Cuban hostage Alan Gross will be here on February 23. You’re welcome.
We’re fortunate enough to attend a university that employs some wonderfully brilliant minds. When you’re in class, put your phones away. Stay off of Facebook for an hour. Engage. I’ve been in classes taught by professors that truly changed and shaped my journey at ODU, and I’m sure if you give your professors the same attention they give you, you just might find one or two that influence your path as well.
It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a class, unsure of what to do next, when a professor said to the class, “Go write for the Mace.” I got involved immediately and am thankful that I heeded her advice. I found my home on campus. Go find yours.
If you have grievances, let’s hear them. Bring us your problems or needs, and we’ll do our best to voice your concerns. Without you, our newspaper wouldn’t exist.
If you’re interested in writing, videography/photography, web design or anything related to journalism, come see us at the Mace. We’re always looking for more voices and creativity.
I hope that you have a wonderfully productive semester here at ODU. Take advantage of your opportunities, and never look back.