Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, 

It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the end of the year. Since August, here at the Foghorn we have published a total of 223 articles throughout our 22 issues. 

This year’s news section has been marked by coverage of student protest and solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, as exemplified by the in-depth reporting in this issue. I am immensely proud of the Foghorn’s journalists and their commitment to truth in reporting on war and genocide. Our news section has further investigated an anonymous petition of no confidence against President Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., in addition to covering numerous political events in San Francisco. 

In our scene section, we’ve covered concerts, interviewing artists like Doechii and Kamaiyah. We have attended the Chinese New Year Parade, the reopening of Presentation Theater and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival. 

Students and community members have voiced their opinions in our paper on everything from bringing the African National Congress to USF to the importance of reforming Greek life. Opinion Editor Chisom Okorafor brought back polls to the Foghorn, asking students about topics such as President Joe Biden’s TikTok Ban, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and students’ religious affiliations. 

We’ve developed a team of deputy sports writers and photographers committed to sharing a myriad of campus stories. We’ve covered the cancellation of the tennis program along with the teams’ last matches, the revitalization of USF boxing and the Dons Basketball’s game at Chase Center

The Foghorn has crafted special issues for Black History Month, Filipino American History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month

Perhaps our largest project of the year, in Dec. 2023 we released a 120th anniversary edition of the Foghorn. Collaborating with the Gleeson Library Archives, we spoke to nine alumni of the Foghorn, graduates from 1950 to 2022, to get a sense of what the paper and USF community were like during their time here. 

The Foghorn would not be what it is without the incredible work of 19 student staffers throughout the past two semesters. I have nothing but immense gratitude and respect for Jordan DelFiugo, Niki Sedaghat, Phebe Bridges, Chase Darden, Inés Ventura, Chisom Okorafor, Sophia Siegel, Anya Jordan, Oliver River Satalich, Ava Lord, Samantha Avila Griffin, Halley Computesto, Elina Graham, Jordan Tyler Maralit, Esha Dupuguntla and Maria Zaied. 

This year has also marked an incredible crop of deputy writers and photographers, including Kaleb Martinez, Amanda Hernandez, John Lindroos and Veston Smith. 

I’d like to thank our advisor, Professor Teresa Moore, for her decades of dedication to the Foghorn. Her insight and advice have been vital to the paper’s production. 

The amazing Jordan Premmer will be taking on the role of editor-in-chief in the fall semester. Jordan has been at the Foghorn since fall 2022, working as scene editor and then as managing editor. Jordan has just finished hiring a wonderful team of Foghorn staffers to continue this work in the fall, and I have no doubt in my mind that they will continue the Foghorn’s legacy. 

It’s not lost on me that this is a particularly important historical moment to be producing student journalism. Just this past week, the Pulitzer Prize committee honored student journalists at Columbia University for their “‘extraordinary real-time reporting…under difficult and dangerous circumstances,’” according to the New York Times. I fervently believe that student journalists have such an important role. Being a part of the Foghorn since my freshman year has been such a joy. It has been an honor to lead the Foghorn as we attempt to make a contribution to San Francisco’s media landscape. Thank you all for reading. 

Warm wishes, 

Megan Robertson 

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