A Happy New Year from The Collegiate Commons

We at The Collegiate Commons would like to wish all of our readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Our first semester has been incredibly busy, with a number of articles published with topics ranging from the serious to the silly. Doing so was only possible as a result of the labor of our editorial staff and contributors. The casual reader would never be able to tell that none of them intend to go into journalism as a career based on their efforts!

Despite the fact that our work slowed down over the semester as finals approached, we were able to maintain a comparatively high publishing rate for a student paper. In the process, we were able to cement our identity by taking a closer look at what made our perspective different. Namely, Christian social teaching and its application for the student in Indiana. 

On a more practical level, we took our perspective from our primary campus, Indiana University-Indianapolis, and its mission to be community-oriented, while also looking at the Christian history and character (which we hope to uphold) of the surrounding campuses of Marian and Butler University, as well as the University of Indianapolis. 

Highlights of the semester

To name just a few highlights of this semester, we covered the efforts of Indiana University graduate students to unionize early in the semester, and later one of our contributors connected the idea of supporting free markets to supporting unions. More recently, we interviewed a professor about healthcare reform, after taking a look at accepted MCAT scores at the Indiana University School of Medicine to investigate the equity of the test that is normally required to enter medical schools in the United States. We also uncovered the budget of the Kinsey Institute before the Indiana University Board of Trustees considered disaffiliating with the controversial research facility.

We also explored the complexities of free speech protections in editorials dealing with events on the campus of Butler University and IU-Indianapolis.

Finally, we also took a look at old student newspapers, the Indianapolis Student and the Onomatopoeia, which were published at Indiana University-Indianapolis during a foundational era in its history, prior to the merger with Purdue that formed Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

A special thanks to our friends

Now, we would like to thank those who have contributed to The Collegiate Commons as well as others who have helped us and provided guidance along the way. 

Brace yourself, as there are a lot.

First and foremost that would include our advisor Mr. Steven Overbey, who as director of the Speaker’s Lab has had plenty of experience helping students coming from a variety of perspectives to find their voice. We hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We would also like to thank Prof. Robert Katz and the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council at IU-Indianapolis for their kindness to us, as well as the Butler College Republicans. We hope you have a happy New Year!

It goes without saying we appreciate the work of the Christian student organizations in Indiana, especially the Christian Student Fellowship and others at IU-Indianapolis. Merry Christmas!

We would also like to thank the Leadership Institute for helping us to market ourselves better. We hope you have a great New Year! 

With that, we cannot forget the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Their generosity and training has helped a great deal, especially as we sought to take a closer look at our identity as a student newspaper. Merry Christmas!

Next on the list of friends comes our fellow Collegiate Network student newspapers, especially The Irish Rover at Notre Dame University. Their commitment to the Catholic character of their prestigious and historic university has made them a great example to look up to, and we enjoyed meeting their editorial staff this year and hope to again sometime soon. We hope they have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

We would also like to thank The American Conservative for continuing to publish some great perspective pieces that have helped our editorial staff to become more critical thinkers and better writers as a result, alongside actual advice given by their editorial staff. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Finally, thank you, dear reader. We hope you will continue with us on this journey as we become more firmly rooted next semester.

January 22 is our hard launch date, and we hope to have plenty of articles in store for you by then. 

We also hope to have our national affiliate, The American Commons, re-launched soon. If you are a fan of our perspective pieces, you are sure to appreciate it. 

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