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Observer gratitude

| Friday, January 16, 2015

Should I be a reflective, sappy senior as the semester begins? Probably.

I have, however, managed to keep the thoughts of impending graduation and good-byes to a minimum. I’d like to keep it that way.

Instead of talking about the end of the year, then, I’d like to offer a series of thanks. This isn’t a final thank you, signaling the end of my Notre Dame career; rather, it is a sign of the work I hope this campus will continue to do together this semester.

Thank you to everyone on The Observer staff for their efforts this year. We never seem to have quite enough staff to make the workload easy on anyone, but the energy and dedication of the staff keeps the paper running strong. Thank you for sacrificing large amounts of your sanity for the paper, often working in the office as soon as classes are over until the wee hours of the morning.

Thank you to all of our contributors: guest columnists, letter-to-the-editor writers and online commenters. Your dialogue inspires healthy debate and community engagement on campus. It encourages others to speak up, to boldly demand respect and attention for worthy causes. Thank you for setting an example and responding to one another.

Thank you to anyone who has provided story ideas. Your engagement with the community is much valued.

Thank you, most importantly, to our readers. Without you, there is no Observer. Thank you for taking an interest in this campus — in its growth and health.

I joined The Observer staff because I care deeply about this University, its values and the concerns of its community — faculty, staff, students and alumni. I was inspired by how actively Notre Dame sponsored community engagement and promoted Notre Dame family ties. Since beginning my work with the paper as a sophomore over two years ago, I have become only more impressed. The desire to direct careful thought to complex, sensitive issues — thank you, one and all, for that.

No matter how you’re involved with The Observer — as a staff member, contributor or reader — I thank you most sincerely for your active involvement. It is pleasing to know how dedicated people are to sharing and hearing Notre Dame voices. It energizes my work as an editor and writer for the paper.

With these thanks comes the hope that all of you continue to work with, write for and read The Observer.

Once more for good measure: Thank you.

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