I was studying abroad in London during the Spring of 2018. Feeling homesick, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post from Nick Fulchino about the launch of The Hilltopper.
I immediately felt a new wave of homesickness wash over me. I missed the passion that drives so many on the Hilltop to be the best that they can be, to do the best that they can do, and to aim as high as they can aim. I immediately reached out to Nick to see how I could get involved with this grand project he and Meg Miller were embarking upon. Since I was abroad, I couldn’t exactly report on on-campus affairs, at least not with the kind of first-hand experience needed. Instead, I was drawn to the Beyond Campus section of The Hilltopper, of which I am now an editor.
In the 24-hour news cycle in which we live, there are outlets for all kinds of voices. Conservatives have Fox. Liberals have MSNBC. Pop Culture Fanatics have E! and Bravo. Athletes have ESPN. But where is the voice for students? That’s #WhyIWrite. The Hilltopper is the 24-hour outlet for student voices, about what’s going on around campus and what’s going on beyond our campus.
I’m an avid reader of The Crier. I think that their staff is great, smart, and hardworking. But they are bound by the limitations of their format. Their chain of command is long and thorough. They are, primarily, a physical platform, limiting the speed with which they can put out news, although Editor-in-Chief Emily Craig has taken great steps to bring The Crier into the 21st Century.
That’s why I write for The Hilltopper: because we can bring the news of the day to the Saint Anselm College population as it is happening. We don’t need to wait around for sheets of newsprint to come off the presses and be distributed. You can read The Hiltopper as you’re walking to class, as you’re sitting in your dorm room, or as you’re waiting in line in the Coffee Shop.
The Hilltopper is also unfiltered by the college’s administration, giving us a far greater degree in freedom in what we can publish. We still strive for truth, accuracy, and honesty in everything we write, but we can tell it like it is, without fear of retribution or sanctions if we publish something unsavory about the College. That’s why The Hilltopper has been the leading voice in reporting on the College’s layoffs and the departure of President DiSalvo.
#WhyIWrite can be summarized in four short words. Give. Students. A. Voice. That’s the goal of The Hilltopper, and it’s my personal goal as Beyond Campus Editor.