The main thing that I remember from my first Voice meeting is that I arrived late and there were no empty seats available. Luckily in the corner sat a fat stack of chairs, and so I picked one up stealthily enough to disrupt the meeting as little as possible, only to throw the entire stack off balance and nearly send all of the chairs tumbling to the floor.
This year, I managed to avoid the inaugural episode of clicking, dragging, and screaming that is The College Voice’s publication ritual. And I’ll admit it; I was probably less stressed here in Managua, Nicaragua than I would have been there in New London, Connecticut. But, I can say with clichéd yet total honesty that I did, in fact, miss Voice production. So although I won’t be writing or editing for the Voice this semester, I do plan to read it religiously from abroad (maybe with the exception of Sports; sorry guys) so I can remain up to date on the strides the current staff is taking, which I expect to be both massive and many.
An arrest warrant was issued against journalist Amy Goodman on September 8 for her coverage of police violence against protestors in North Dakota. Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have finally made national news in the past months, thanks to journalists like Goodman, who have disrupted the mainstream media’s silence on the issue. Goodman is the Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, a news source that is committed to covering important issues in critical ways and creating a truly free press in an age of corporate news.