To be completely honest, I don’t know what to say in this final letter. The Cadre began in 1969, twenty-three years before I was even born. There have been numerous Editors before me, and there will be many after. In that way, I feel like it’s presumptuous of me to even write this letter. I’m not saying goodbye to The Cadre, it’s more like The Cadre is saying goodbye to me. It was here long before I was, and I was lucky enough to be able to spend a couple of years learning what it had to teach me.
I also had a wonderful group of people along for the ride with me. I don’t know how to adequately thank all of you. Over the past two years, you’ve put up with my caffeine addiction, my ignorance when it comes to running a student newspaper, and my frequent naps on the couch in the office. Drew, Sierra, Ally, Chris, Jenn, and Shanice, without you and all of our volunteers, this paper would not exist, and I am eternally grateful.
Today is our last day of publishing for the school year. Next year, Drew MacEachern is taking the reins as Editor-in-Chief with an excellent group of Managing Editors by his side. I have no doubt that The Cadre will flourish under his leadership.
I’m currently sitting in the library with the very first issue of The Cadre on the desk beside me. This is where I sat two years ago when I first took on the role of Editor-in-Chief. I read as many past issues of The Cadre as I could to try to learn as much about the paper as possible. It was a daunting task, but I’ve discovered, thanks to The Cadre, that it’s always important to keep learning.
In the spirit of keeping this short and sweet, here’s a little blast from the past, the front page of the very first issue of The Cadre on October 3rd, 1969.
Long live the Empire.