In this final print issue, we’re saying goodbye to several of our soon-to-be graduates. Erica, Victoria, and Allie will be walking across the graduation stage in just a few short weeks.

It’s impossible to put into words how invaluable these three have been to our staff and the campus. But we’ll try.

Erica has served in nearly every editor position we have. In her time as a co-executive editor last year, she managed coverage of former Franklin College President Thomas Minar’s arrest and led a staff remotely. She handled these challenges with grace, professionalism and was always willing to lend a hand and offer words of encouragement.

Victoria has spent two years as our news editor but is leaving a year early to give the real world a shot. She is probably one of the funniest people on staff; she’s got a really good John Krull impression. She has the largest section and has spent many late nights digging through and restructuring messy stories on sensitive subjects. We are so thankful for her hard work and her big personality.

Allie joined us as a senior this year, but with her creative writing background she quickly wowed us. The features she wrote for us shined, and so did her perseverance and work ethic.

Check out the opinion section for their personal farewells to The Franklin and Franklin College.

With our final issue, our cover story is addressing a continuing story that has buzzed its way from an October 2018 issue of The Franklin: The Hive. Though The Hive is long gone, the college is piloting new initiatives to increase digital fluency and make technology accessible on campus. In our feature, reporter Isaac Gleitz explores the City of Franklin’s connection with it’s sister city, Kuji, Japan.

We hope that you’ll peruse this issue between studying for finals and wish our graduating staff members good luck on their endeavors.

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