You’re all mine now, Vox
As Overlordess Julia “TB” Tanaka moves on to bigger and better things (Managing Editor of the Voice), I will now succeed her as ruler of Vox, King of the Iron Throne.* That is my official title, and yes, ruling Vox, is basically as dangerous and life-threatening as being Lord of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones.
But I accept this position fully knowing that I am ready to deal with the consequences: multiple spurts of short-term ADD a day caused by staring at the internets too long, possibility of mental breakdowns, erratic sleep schedules, and checking my phone every three seconds hoping for yet also fearing breaking news, and more side effects I have yet to discover.
I assure the people of Vox Populi that I am fully ready to take on this position, having served as an assistant editor on Vox for two and a half semesters, under the recent overlordess, Baby Connor “Sparklecakes” Jones (now Editor-in-Chief), and Vanya “VoxyGurl” Mehta. During that time, I have braved the bureaucracy that is the ANC 2E Commission, I have withstood essay-long comments from right-wing Catholic groups, and I have dared to report on the satellite campus that never was.
My trusty assistant editors will also be here to get me through this challenging time: the pizza-lover Ryan Greene, the casual marathon-runner Laura Kurek, the green tea-drinker Kenneth Lee, and the Coldplay-singer Marisa Hawley. This will be Ryan’s third term as assistant editor and Laura’s second, while Kenneth and Marisa are new to the pit of chaos that is campus news.
And now I leave you with one last sentiment that will define Vox this semester: Campus news isn’t a pit. Campus news is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.**
*Technically, my full title would be Isabel Echarte of the House Echarte the first of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. This was pointed out by one of my staff writers who probably watches a lot of Game of Thrones, considering the fact that he likely did that off the top of his head. Expect a lot of Game of Thrones references this semester #sorrynotsorry.
**Yes, this is a modified quote made by Lord Baelish.
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