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Editors' Note: Saying hello and looking ahead

Today’s paper marks the first issue of The Herald for the 2023 calendar year and our first as the 133rd Editorial Board.

Winter break came and went quickly — and it’s been both exciting and nerve-wracking to prepare the office at 88 Benevolent St. for the year ahead. We’re ready for the countless hours to come working with our staff and cannot wait to see what this new chapter brings for The Herald, but most of all, we’re excited to serve you, our readers.

2023 promises major changes at Brown, in Providence and well beyond College Hill. On campus, teaching assistants in the computer science department will continue their unionization efforts while the University completes construction on two landmark projects, the Lindemann Performing Arts Center and the Brook Street Residence Halls.

In the meantime, Brown will continue to navigate its complex and evolving relationship with the city of Providence — renegotiating its Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreements — as the world of higher education awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action this summer. 

We can’t wait to see how our talented reporters, editors and multimedia staff engage with these stories and find ways to add insight and depth to the news, as our business staff continues to ensure we can do the work. We want to get better at meeting our readers where they are — not just in print, but in their inboxes and on our website. We’re excited to produce engaging data and multimedia projects and tell rich stories with the help of our podcast team. 

We also hope to write stories that serve the public good, produce reporting that holds power to account and cover the news at the pace that it breaks. We’ve introduced Breaking@Brown — a newsletter that sends critical news to subscribers as it breaks —  and we’re working on plenty of other stories and projects that we can’t wait to share with our readers soon.

We will also remain committed to ensuring that 88 Benevolent is an inclusive and comfortable environment for all our staff. In our engagement with the rest of campus, we hope to responsibly foster a meaningful discourse — while equitably and accurately covering our community.

Most importantly, we’re looking forward to working with our kind, relentlessly impressive and exceptionally talented staff, who will do the work that powers The Herald through this 132nd year. The work that lies ahead will not be easy, but it is a challenge that we look forward to facing.

Editors’ notes are written by The Herald’s 133rd Editorial Board: Will Kubzansky ’24, Katy Pickens ’24, Alex Nadirashvili ’24, Augustus Bayard ’24, Caleb Lazar ’24, Peter Swope ’24 and Kaitlyn Torres ’24.



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