Saturday, March 25, 2023

Editor’s Note

Dear readers,

It is with great sadness that I will be stepping down as Chief Editor of The Octant at the end of this semester. The baton will be passed on to my dear friend and partner-in-crime, Spandana Bhattacharya, with two lovely righthand women as Managing Editors— Enzkhul Badral and Regina Marie Lee.

This marks the end of countless hours of reading and editing articles, having meetings that never seem to end (too many people have told me, “The Octant is always having meetings!”), and having to deal with unexpected emergencies at the worst timings (printers running out of ink, complaints of misquotes, papers disappearing into thin air, just to name a few…). It also means that I can finally do the other 101 things I want to do with my life.

Yet I know that I will miss even the smallest things about The Octant: sitting down with writers to go through their articles, the satisfaction of seeing friends pick up and read the paper, the meeting when we discussed our April Fools’ issue, and more.

The Octant has grown so much over the past two years, of which all of you have been witnesses to. The greatest testament to the publication’s success is its ability to survive and thrive despite all obstacles. I am proud to say that we have built an organization strongly rooted in its dedication to free speech and critical discourse, and it will be a cornerstone of our College long after all of us have graduated.

I may have ignited the flame, but it is now time for someone else to carry the torch.

For the last time,

Joyan Tan


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