Fall 2020 Special Reporting: A Preface

By Jordan Meiland

Starting tomorrow, The Beat will be running four special pieces that our staff have worked on over the course of the Fall 2020 semester.

Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this semester was quite different from years past. Many of us (myself included) stayed home and learned remotely through Zoom, Moodle, and other online platforms. Those of us that lived and learned on campus adhered to strict safety guidelines and procedures to keep one another safe.

I’m endlessly proud of Marcia, Gabrielle, and Cooper for the pieces they’ve written. Journalism, a field that relies heavily on collaboration, interaction, and research with others, is not easy to execute under these conditions. Their dedication to the craft and drive to report is nothing short of admirable, especially under these circumstances.

Additionally, I want to thank Professor Marshall Fine, our faculty advisor, for all he’s done. His knowledge, advice, and commitment to us these last few months is highly appreciated.

On behalf of The Beat, we can’t wait to share these pieces with all of you.


Jordan Meiland, Editor-In-Chief

Editor-in-chief: Ingrid Kildiss
Digital Managing Editor: Diana Gilday
Reporting Intern: Leah Dwyer
Faculty Advisor: Donna Cornachio
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Neither the student government nor any faculty or administrative person or board shall make a rule or regulation or take any action which abridges students’ freedom of speech, press or inquiry, as guaranteed Constitutional rights as citizens of the United States. Students of the campus are guaranteed:

  1.  the right to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinion privately and publicly;

  2. the right to learn in the spirit of free inquiry;

  3. the right to be informed of the purposes of all research in which they are expected or encouraged to participate either as subject or researcher;

  4. the right to freedom from censorship in campus newspapers and other media 

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