As I step down from my position as editor-in-chief, I can’t help but recall my first day of classes at Sewanee. I sat on the floor of The Purple office and watched in awe as the then editor Lam Ho (C’17) announced that week’s articles. I couldn’t imagine having her level of confidence in front of such a large group of people.
To my surprise, I found myself in exactly the same roll two years later. After learning to perfect my AP Style writing under Robert Beeland (C’18) and about relentless focus to detail from Fleming Smith (C’19), I felt ready to give editorship a shot.
I’ve been lucky to work with some of my favorite people on campus by way of the newspaper. The staff has been hardworking, committed to their respective sections, and always open to taking on a new project. For this issue, check out Vanessa Moss’s (C’20) piece about the naming of Potter’s Ridge Trail and Lucy Wimmer’s (C’20) spotlight on Crystal Ngo’s (C’20) work at New Life.
It’s strange to think about all the hours I’ve spent in The Purple office, and I feel lucky to have contributed to such a historic part of Sewanee’s literary history. I look forward to the future of The Purple as Colton Williams (C’21) steps into the role of editor-in-chief. His level-headedness, attention to detail, and incredible work ethic ensure an excellent future for the paper.