Editors' Note | Change-filled year coming to a close for The Franklin

Co-Executive Editors Taylor Wooten and Hope Shrum examine their laptops outside Shirk Hall at Franklin College, home to the Pulliam School of Journalism.

Happy December, everyone.

We hope you all are staying warm, healthy and calm during this hectic season. This is the final print edition of The Franklin for the year, and with it, classes are soon coming to a close.

It’s hard to believe that this is the same year during which former President Thomas Minar was arrested, we were sent home due to rising COVID-19 cases and the pandemic truly began in the United States. It feels like all of these events happened ages ago.

Following September’s return to campus, The Franklin has transformed and expanded. Thanks to Web Editor Erica Irish, we have a newly redesigned website. In tandem with Irish, Ariana Lovitt created The Franklin’s first ever podcast.

The campus community is experiencing the growing spread of COVID-19, with the newest round of testing revealing 48 positive cases, the largest single-week increase on record. The college said the increase was in part due to new rapid tests offered to students and staff ahead of Thanksgiving Break.

With the spread of the disease, the college is also experiencing a debate regarding an attendance policy that requires students to request permission prior to attending class on Zoom. In our lead story this issue, freshman reporter Sydney Byerly explores student and faculty perspectives on the college’s policy and granting leniency during the pandemic.

This is an odd time for all of us. Classes are now completely virtual, with many students choosing to stay home. Maybe you’ve picked an issue up from the racks like usual, or perhaps you are looking at our brand new e-edition on our website.

We’ve made it most of the way through a tumultuous fall term. If you’re reading this right as it’s coming out, there are less than two weeks before winter break. Keep going.

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