Editor’s Note: “Documenting Tomorrow’s History Today”

Nicole DeJacimo, Managing Editor (Photo Aly Leia Wein/The Gettysburgian)

Nicole DeJacimo, Managing Editor (Photo Aly Leia Wein/The Gettysburgian)

By Nicole DeJacimo

“Writing tomorrow’s history, today.”

The Gettysburgian motto has stuck with me since my very first introduction to the paper as a newly-committed student. (Enough that I plan to decorate my graduation cap with it). Whether I wrote playful features or stirring news articles, I recognized the importance of our motto and the importance of a student-run news organization. There is an intimacy local news has that national news will never be able to afford, and with that intimacy comes love and appreciation for the people and the place we cover.

We at The Gettysburgian write tomorrow’s history with the hope that we can make a positive difference. Sometimes that includes writing a story that exposes some painful truths. Other times it means highlighting something beautiful that had been previously hidden.

In this issue, we focus on the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts as a notable number of people of color and women have recently left the administration, faculty and staff. Carter Hanson looks at how administrative compensation has changed in recent years. Luca España and Phoebe Doscher celebrate The Gettysburgian’s 125th anniversary with a feature diving into newspaper archives. Finally, The Gettysburgian Editorial Board reflects on the College’s mascot, “The Bullet,” in both a historical and contemporary context.

Our goal at The Gettysburgian is not just to tell uncomfortable truths or fun stories, but to inspire the College’s students and staff to better themselves and the institution. We also see our role as crucial to ensuring that no part of Gettysburg College is ever forgotten: the good, the bad or the complicated. I hope to never forget the lessons I have learned here throughout my life as (hopefully) a professional journalist.

I can’t thank The Gettysburgian enough for the role it has played in my own life at Gettysburg and its effort to make a meaningful impact on the future of this institution. We have always and will always aim to seek the truth and report it. I am incredibly proud of my co-editors and our staff who have worked diligently throughout this transitional school year to make that happen.

This article originally appeared on page 2 of the April 25, 2022 edition of The Gettysburgian’s magazine.

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Author: Nicole DeJacimo

Nicole DeJacimo, ‘22, is the managing editor of The Gettysburgian and is a political science major with a double minor in writing and peace & justice studies. Outside of the Gettysburgian, Nicole is a Fielding Fellow and co-manager for the College Union Building Information Desk. During her free time, Nicole enjoys singing, reading, going to Waldo's and having movie nights with her friends. She plans on moving to D.C. after college to work as a political journalist.

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