In the past two weeks, many in our community have been feeling tension and uncertainty surrounding faculty hiring, student theme housing, and transparency. This issue contains articles that I hope will contribute clarity and explanation to such complicated topics. I am especially proud of our News Editor, Meg Butler, for her great journalism and continued hard work on articles of such weight. I also am proud of the rest of our team for their assistance in these articles and their unwavering contributions to their own sections. The new staff is proving to be one of peer support and encouragement, and we are also grateful to be feeling this support from faculty and students across campus.
In this issue, I enjoyed reading the opinion by our Executive Editor Anna Cook about impromptu social gatherings, the arts and entertainment article by Daphne Nwobike, a staff writer, on card playing in Jane Austen, and the feature on the large donation to the University Choir written by Sparrow Womack, a contributing writer. I also was excited to see a collaboration between our Arts and Entertainment Editor, Camille Pfister, and a contributing writer, Peyton Hassinger on the staged reading of Gifts from God. In The Purple, readers can always find wit, entertainment, and insight into campus life along with hard-hitting news pieces.
I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as I did and that it can shed some light on important developments in our community.
YSR and EQB,
Rebecca Cole (C’24)