STORY BY COURTNEY FISHMAN
As I walked through Terminal B in Chicago’s O’Hare airport, anxious to get to my gate and desperately seeking another steeping hot coffee from Starbucks, my phone buzzed: another email.
But this time, it wasn’t a news update or sale reminder.
It was an opportunity — an invitation from then-editor Lauren Horsch to join the Times-Delphic staff as a copy editor.
From Day One, the newsroom has been my home and the staff my extended family.
While a lot has changed since my first day on staff, my time at the Times-Delphic has only fueled my passion for storytelling.
Friends, family and classmates keep mentioning how I must be relieved that my tenure as editor-in-chief is coming to an end, but it’s a bittersweet moment.
Through the years, I’ve covered breaking news, defended my commitment to free speech and tackled heavy topics such as sexual violence.
I’ve stayed in the newsroom until 4 a.m. — red-pen in hand — and I’ve pushed administration to wits end in an attempt to stay transparent.
All of those sleepless nights have been for you, the readers. We were there when gunshots were fired by the Forest Ave. McDonald’s.
We shared with you the harms of Yik Yak, and we’ve followed Drake’s leadership transition from President Maxwell to President-elect Martin.
We’ve been there for you to keep you informed, and you’ve helped continue the Drake story by reading each edition or making a difference on campus
Our four-year time on campus is short, and once we leave, the university will continue to evolve.
The people, the organizations and even the Times-Delphic are constantly changing.
But my time at The Times-Delphic has helped me progress academically and intellectually as well.
In these years I’ve learned to be a critical thinker, and to make smart, but quick judgment calls, in order to print on a deadline.
And while it’s hard to characterize all that I have gained from this experience, I hope that I have returned the favor by leaving my own mark on the TD, no matter how small.
While difficult to let go, it is with great confidence that I move forward. The Times-Delphic has come a far way, but there is always room to grow.
Running The Times-Delphic is challenging at times, but each week brings a new issue and another opportunity to conquer it.