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Volume 90, Issue 102

Wednesday, April 09, 1997



Final column: Editor-in-chief

By Jason Ménard

Four years, over 400 papers and no regrets.

Not a bad track record overall I guess. Considering I came to Western five years ago with all the intentions in the world of getting a psychology degree (which were quickly dashed by a first-year course at King's) it's amazing how much one's path can change.

Four years, over 400 papers and no regrets.

I had to write that statement once again just because those eight words seem to hold so much weight. Lost in those eight words are a maelstrom of emotions, experiences and laughter. Lost in those eight words are all the friends, acquaintances and (an astoundingly large number of) enemies.

I could sit here and ramble on about all the stuff I've done here at The Gazette as a staff writer, news editor, sports editor and, most recently, editor-in-chief. But really, none of you care about that. Those are my memories. Memories that I'll cherish and mean the world to me, but don't mean a wet slap to any of you, so I won't bore you with them.

I could sit here and ramble on about all the people I've met, worked with and wrote about. But the list is too long and it would be a disservice to all the people I can call friends if I tried to summarize them in this short of a space.

I could sit here and write about all the frustrations I've had – most notably during my last year at the helm of this fine publication – from the vociferous group of ignorant critics who chastise without knowledge and make assumptions based on hearsay, not fact. I could say how angered it makes me that they devalue the hours of work put in by the dedicated students who give of themselves to publish this paper. But really, the ignorant will remain so. And I hope the people of The Gazette realize how much I respect their drive, dedication, creativity and support. This room can be a lonely place when there's nobody in it.

Over my four years at this paper I've prided myself on the quality of the publication – and more importantly – the quality of the people who step through these doors and say, "Hey, I want to get involved." I've seen hundreds come and go and each of them deserve some of the credit.

I've also been a staunch supporter of this paper and have always stood up for the paper's rights and its decisions, even in the heat of debate and criticism. I have done this because I believe we are the best at what we do. I look around at other campus papers on both sides of the border and I'm hard-pressed to even find one that matches up with The Gazette. This isn't egotistical bravado – it's the truth.

I haven't even come close to giving back to this paper what it has given me. In my heart – though not necessarily in the staff box – I will always be a Gazette staffer.

Looking at next year's front office and knowing what I know about this paper, I have no doubt that I'll always be proud to call myself

Jason Ménard
Gazette Staff

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