Many students fall into clubs here at PHS. An interest meeting, a friend’s suggestion, a poster in the hallway. Our journeys started the same way. Like every other freshman, the Tower for us started with one distribution day during break in September. What’s this? We have a newspaper? Curiosity turned into a meeting, which turned into an article assignment, which turned into an editorship.
Most of us had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we became Tower editors. Editing drafts into early morning hours, three days from 3–9 p.m. a month, and difficult calls resulting from stress-filled arguments and meetings. All that, yet we all still enjoy it. A lot.
As our two-year tenure comes to a close, we look back on the friendships we’ve made and the changes we’ve implemented. We’ll never be the same and Tower will never be the same. We can look back in years and see how our decisions influenced this paper that is now finishing its 87th year.
But this year we find ourselves in a unique situation. We printed with the Princeton Packet for longer than anyone can seem to remember, predating not only us but also our advisers. However, with the Packet ceasing to print its publications this fall, we found ourselves looking for a new printer, where we had to pay additional fees for printing and delivery. This search came at a time when we were already dealing with financial issues, and the two problems coincided in a way that forced us to take action.
When we would usually be printing 24 pages of content this time of year, we had to print only 16 due to these financial constraints. This page cut didn’t hinder the motivation of our staff and contributors, who created the same 24 pages of content with the extra content going online. This cut was, however, a morale killer for many contributors. The Tower has been a medium for students to convey their passions for reporting, expression, and design. But now all of that is in jeopardy.
Before our terms come to an end, we would like to end on a high note with an end-of-year donation drive to put the Tower in a more favorable financial position in years to come. Our goal is to raise $3000 by January 15. To donate, fill out the form posted at bit.ly/1mqPRMt and send it to the PHS bookkeeper along with a check for the amount you wish to donate. Any amount helps; we will be incredibly grateful for all donations we receive.
As hard as it sometimes is to put together a quality newspaper each month, we’re going to leave with many positive memories of what for many is a multi-year experience. We hope the Tower continues to inform the community, act as a medium for students, and have an impact on everyone who picks up a copy. Thank you all—it has been a crazy ride.
Danny, Ian, and Leah