An editor’s farewell

Conor Kelly (TheLorian)

This is not an article I thought I would write, especially not so soon, and yet my time with The Lorian is coming to an end. After this week, my time as the editor of The Lorian will be over, and so too shall my time as one of its commentators. These four years have been a blessing to me, and I hope that I did the paper and my colleagues justice. With this final farewell, I know that I am leaving this wondrous publication in good hands, especially the opinion section, which will now be run by Devyn Shea.

If someone had told me four years ago that I would be writing in a college newspaper, I would’ve laughed at them; I never thought I could write, much less edit. Yet, with time and the encouragement of my fellow Lorian editors, I developed a voice of my own, one that I used to argue for what I thought was right. My first article, which argued in favor of medical marijuana, was the first time I ever took on a controversial issue without fear. I thought, I still do think, that I helped others understand the complexity of the issue more than they otherwise would have, something that I strived to do for the rest of my time with The Lorian.

As an editor, I tried to give my fellow writers the same experience, doing all that I could to help them put their best foot forward. To me, the opinion section was meant to allow students to argue their positions freely and openly, in the best way possible, and I did my best to ensure that it stayed a decent and open place for people to speak freely and honestly. As I leave the paper, I can’t help but look back and feel a sense of pride in the paper’s development and I look forward to seeing what it becomes in my absence.

I would like to thank Kelsey Lansing, Jon Quinn, Keegan Godwin, and the new editor of the paper, Devyn Shea, for their wonderful contributions to the paper and for their help in developing my work. I wouldn’t be the writer I am if it were not for them.

Thank you all for the opportunity to reach such an audience and for treating me with such kindness. I will never forget it.

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Conor J. Kelly was the Opinion Editor for the Lorian and a prolific staff writer. He graduated from Loras College in April of 2021 and is now pursuing his master's in political science at the University of Illinois, Springfield. You can find his new work on The Progressive American newsletter.

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