We are excited to share our plans for the future of Spectator's editorial board.
Over the last several years, Spectator's editorial board has been comprised of active participants in the Columbia community—leaders in student government, activist groups, and Greek life, among other organizations—in addition to Spectator's editor in chief, managing editor, and representatives from the Opinion section. This model brought a variety of perspectives and opinions into common conversation and allowed us to elevate the level of discourse on this campus about issues that matter most to the Columbia community. Most importantly, the editorial board consistently produced meaningful opinion pieces that effected positive changes within our community.
But the staff editorials that we produced, as powerful as many of them were, did not reflect the voice of Spectator's staff, as they are meant to do. For 140 years, Spectator has played an important role as an independent and active member of our community, and has sought to make a positive intervention into ongoing campus conversations. The purpose of staff editorials has always been to articulate the newspaper's stance on issues most important to both its staff and its readers. And, as they always have, our op-eds and opinion columns will continue to serve as open spaces for individual student voices or groups to participate in campus discourse.
This new model will allow Spectator to give the community a clear sense of where we, as members of Spectator's staff of over 300 people, stand. This semester, our editorial board—our managing board—will finally be able to speak on behalf of Spectator.
Spectator's editorial board is changing, and with these changes, tremendous growth will follow. We invite our readers to continue engaging with our staff editorials in the future.
Caroline Chiu, Editor in Chief
Ben Libman, Managing Editor
Rachit Mohan, Publisher