Editors' Note: The Franklin persists in new and uncertain times
Updated: Oct 5
Charting our progress in a year defined by change
By Hope Shrum & Taylor Wooten
In the spring, Erica Irish and Emily Ketterer’s time as co-executive editors and our transition to a glossy news magazine was interrupted by a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic sent us home to challenging work spaces while we yearned for our desks and in-person interactions with friends and staff members.
But, we adapted. The transition was rough, and undoubtedly messy. We developed a new schedule and moved all of our coverage online. We increased the frequency of our email newsletter to weekly and continued our coverage of the Franklin community.
Meanwhile, the nearly empty Franklin College campus was undergoing changes of its own. Many faculty members left us, like former Dean of Student Retention and Success Keri Alioto. Others were promoted, like Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks. And during all of this, the COVID-19 task force, led by Dean of Students Andrew Jones, was in the middle of formulating the Fortify Franklin return to campus plan.
Franklin feels unfamiliar. We’ve returned to a campus of mask-wearing, social distancing and Zoom meetings. Regardless, The Franklin is persistent.
This semester, we will unveil a completely redesigned website. Our experience working online-only in the spring was a wake up call that our 4-year-old website needed a reboot. We’ve been working with a team of tech experts to put together a fast, secure, freshly designed website. While our new website is under construction until later this semester, you can still find us at thefranklinnews.com.
We will also pick up where we left off, and hopefully publish three monthly news magazines over the course of the semester. (If you’re reading this, we made it through one!) This is the first issue with us as co-executive editors, and we are aiming to continue producing quality content despite the barriers caused by the pandemic.
We also invite you to grow with us this semester. In our last print issue, we published a guest column from then-student, now-alumna Sam Fain. Over the summer, we posted two separate letters to the editor: One from retiring professor Hank Nuwer, and another from Assistant Vice President of Facilities Tom Patz memorializing dedicated facilities worker Jim Carter. We hope our readers will consider opportunities to contribute to our publication.