The Charlatan, Issue 7

When I took over as editor-in-chief of the Charlatan in May, I thought putting together a 12-page paper once a month was going to be a challenge. At the time, it was.

But after publishing our first 28-pager of the year (only our second in the last two years) only a few weeks into the school year, I now know what a challenge really is.

That said, I was very pleased with how things turned out. This week’s edition of the paper includes a lot of great pieces, particularly in our news and sports sections. So far, our web site stats have been through the roof this week.

Although I’m happy with the result, there were definitely a few obstacles along the way . . . well, one in particular. The photo we originally had accompanying the story about fraternities and sororities being banned from rushing on residence was of a sorority member handing out AIDS awareness pamphlets in the atrium — she wasn’t actually rushing (otherwise known as “recruiting” new students). It didn’t even occur to me at first that she wasn’t rushing, until it was brought to my attention.

We received a few complaints and I took down the photo from the web promptly, and switched the photo in the layout of the physical paper (at about 2 a.m.). We should have caught this earlier, but I’m glad we managed to make the switch before it was too late.

On a sidenote, it seems like we’re inching closer to getting a new website for the Charlatan. This is something I’ve been working on since early in the summer, so I really hope it pans out. If everything goes to plan, I’m hoping for a second semester launch.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at

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