Letter from the Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Loutfi

Happy July! This summer is going by so fast. Currently in the newsroom, I can hear Katherine behind me talking to freshmen at Summer Welcome. We split up our roles so she catches freshmen walking past the newsroom and brings them in. I show them around and sign them up for our listservs. It’s a pretty good system.

Our July issue hit the newsstands July 8. We had 10 pages of ads in this issue. We ended up designing a 32-page paper, which is the normal size of our special issues.
This issue features a lot of ambitious incoming freshman. I’ve already met a handful of them. They are persistent, passionate and thorough. I am excited to see what they tackle this year. I think it’s safe to say at this point that this will be a good year. As the Maneater Mafia, you should be proud. The future of The Maneater is in good hands.

I want to take a minute to share with you all what went on behind the scenes of writing this issue’s editorial. We editorialized, again, on the topic of sexual assault and violence. The Fraternity Alumni Consortium recently released a list of proposed rules for Greektown. Our coverage was impressive. We put together a series of stories and graphics. There was a summit hosted by Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin on June 20. It was invite-only and media wasn’t allowed in. The steps taken by the consortium and administration were problematic: they did not consult students, nor did they consult women (who are the primary demographic the Consortium was trying to protect). This merited a strongly-worded editorial calling out the Consortium and administration.

We spent over an hour discussing and debating this topic. I won’t lie, it was hard; especially as a new editorial board. Sexual assault, while something we editorialize on frequently, is a sensitive topic. But I think that’s even more of a reason to cover it. I am proud of the editorial board for their determination to finish this discussion. They did a great job.


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