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Editorial Cartoon: Peace in Gaza
Editorial Cartoon: Peace in Gaza
Published April 19, 2024

Without a farewell

The Minnesota Daily’s editorial staff left their office at University Office Plaza in March after President Gabel announced the suspension of in-person classes and activities as part of the University’s precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19. Although the paper continues to operate online, the Daily’s class of 2020 had a blunt end to their careers as student journalists. The office still carries the signs of the past March: personal belongings, name tags and notes left by graduated staff members and whiteboards with dates of the last in-person meetings. Former features editor Audrey Kennedy, former copy desk chief Layna Darling and former managing editor Max Chao comment on the experience of suddenly leaving behind the space where an important part of their college experience took place; for them, the office holds sentimental value.

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  • kathmaas
    Oct 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    This video took me back to my own years at the Daily, way back in the 60s, and I can really imagine how wrenching it must have felt to leave that office with no certitude of ever coming back. Being part of the Daily staff was probably the single most formative experience of my university life. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?”