Letter from the editor

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Letter from the editor

Amelia Williams

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My proverbial uterus fucking hurts. I haven’t slept in … I can’t even say. My nipples, proverbial fountains of editorial insight, guidance and technique, are chafed as shit. The news lab is a mess. I’m in bliss.

When you have proverbial kids, you can’t just stop at one can you? Some people have “Irish twins,” two babies born within a year of each other, so I guess I’m having “Xpress twins.” Department requirements aside, the first proverbial kid was barely in my arms — still hot from the proverbial printing-press womb — before I scheduled myself for another. I was sleep-deprived, and post-partum (production) depression was kicking my ass but I was so, so happy. Turns out the second pregnancy goes a lot smoother. 

I come to you, Xpress readers, from the proverbial hospital suite (the Humanities building news lab), my newborn December (issue) suckling at my proverbial teat while October, my firstborn, sulks that I couldn’t bring her into the world with the same confidence. A confidence that only comes with doing something really fucking hard more than once. 

Rest assured, this was hard. As of the publication of this issue, the department still has not recovered full access to the publication websites. Advisors keep changing, and no one — to make another disparaging pun — is on the same page. Stories don’t always turn out as planned, and an act of theft literally robbed us of visual components. A select few of us on the publication staff got to attend a national journalism conference in Washington, D.C., and brush shoulders with the big dogs. We quickly realized just how many schools have their shit (and budget) together more than us. We didn’t place in Best in Show, or receive any spectacular accolades. But as my eyes bleed from “burping” these stories of their typos and incorrect uses of AP Style, I am validated in this being a great magazine. 

And on that note, behind every great magazine is a woman. Well, at least behind this great magazine is a woman. Me, this time. I’m that woman, but I’ve never been the only one. It may seem a little obvious, but now more than ever it feels important to say that. Numerically, women dominate higher education, women dominate the journalism department and women have dominated Xpress Magazine for years now, this semester included. We don’t often get that kind of representation out in the world. This is not to say the boys didn’t put in the hours as well, and didn’t kick ass in their respective roles. Without them, we wouldn’t have aliens, or a makeshift website, or photos, or any number of intangible necessities for to conceive and birth this issue. Every member of my staff has produced quality work they can be proud of. And like the good mom that I am, I am proud of them too.