Welcome back, Xavierites.

Whether it’s your first year (XULA20), or your last (XULA17), or you’re somewhere stuck in between having the ‘itis about going to class (XULA18 and XULA19), we at the Herald would like to wish you prosperity in your classes, social life, internships, and whatever else you take on this year.

May the curve be ever in our favor, right?

As you read this, I would like to present to you the first edition of the Xavier Herald for the Fall 2016 semester. It includes Arts & Entertainment, sports, a pull out section from the Career Advancement Center, and more. Our staff, including contributing writers, graphic designers, and photographers, have all worked hard to make sure this edition was the best it could possibly be.

But before you get to that, let’s talk about some of the things we did this summer.

The Herald is an award-winning newspaper, and our excellence is something we have kept and will continue to keep up. This summer was no different.

First and foremost, I would like to wish a congratulations to our former editor-in-chief, Eric Craig, for being voted the first runner-up for the 2015-16 Reporter of the Year from the Southeast Journalism Conference.

Additionally, the Herald also won awards this summer from the Louisiana Press Association. Nicholas Davison, our graphics designer, won the Gary Hebert award for single best use of a graphic design on a single page, the second year in a row he won this award. Mark Veals, the website content manager, also came in first place for best overall website. I, Kaelin Maloid, won first place for best feature story.

On Sept. 9, 2016, the College Media Association announced the Herald is among the three finalists for the 2015-16, four-year/non-weekly newspaper Pinnacle Award. We’ll get the final results at the CMA Conference in October in Atlanta.

I and the team are extremely proud of these awards and nominations, and we are striving for even more excellence from our paper this year. We hope you enjoy this first edition.

Kaelin Maloid

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