By Joseph Arsenault, Editor


Joseph Arsenault, Editor

Joseph Arsenault
(Courtesy of Joseph Arsenault)

     Fear is a crippling sensation and in some cases a cause for anxiety. As I leave my position of Editor I reflect on the rewarding feeling of publishing countless articles each with hours of eye-straining work, and the pressures of doing all in my power to present the issues with stories of relevance and accuracy. In a perfect world there would be no mistakes.  As a wise man might say, welcome to the real world.

     My greatest fear when I started the position of Editor was the disbursement of a story lacking the complete view of the particular matter at hand. Having the position of Editor I realized not everything is in my control and it’s a collaborative effort between staff reporters and me to make the deadline. I am blind to much of the stories presented as editable material. The best I can do, along with my assistant editor, is read, and based off my own knowledge do as good a job as possible to make sure any and all articles at least contain a balance.  It is impossible to know how an interview went and what words were actually exchanged.  I have worked in a position of trust.  Many avenues in life tell people to only trust themselves and to that I say: It cannot always be that way.
To my knowledge one story has resulted in a display of faulty information.  A story from the last issue in November regarding housing in the residence halls over vacation held the phrase, “Students will be billed to stay over the winter breaks.” The correct statement I later learned should have read “Students will NOT be billed to stay over the winter breaks.” This is a pure example of relying on trust and to that I apologize for the misrepresented information. We were quick to correct our online version which now states accurate information.  This current issue also is running a correction.  Enjoy the breaks and live freely!

     In a final statement, I conclude on the premise of fear. When cramming for finals, applying to a master’s program, or simply asking someone out on a date, do not be taken back by the emotion.  A little bit of fear is healthy, but a lot can destroy confidence and displace the true value of the situation. There is a great philosophy I like to live by, whether or not someone else beat me to the quote I really don’t know.  I have one piece of advice to anyone faced with a situation of crippling fear.  Live in the promise of the day, and look back only to remember a forward direction is in reach.