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Ask the Gav': Why Did You Join the Gavel?

Since 2009, the dedication of writers and creators from all class years has allowed The Gavel to keep its progressive mission alive. Below, members from different sections discuss what drove them to join The Gavel team.

Josie Morales-Thomason, Head Copy Editor

I joined as a copy editor in the fall of my sophomore year. I was not that involved during my first year, so as a sophomore I was determined to be more active and meet new people. I also thought I should work on being a better writer since I want to go to law school. My friend (shoutout Anton!) was on The Gavel at the time and encouraged me to attend the general meeting and apply for copy. Almost three years later, I can easily say Gavel has been one of my favorite parts of BC.

Jack Clark, Opinions Editorial Assistant

I wanted to join The Gavel because I was looking for an organization on campus that would allow me to partake in my interests while being a part of a strong community. As someone who’s interested in politics and writing about the current time we are living in, I thought The Gavel would be a perfect opportunity for me to fulfill this interest. On top of this, The Gavel does not limit its writers to one section and encourages intersectionality between sections. I had heard nothing but great things about The Gavel and the community and friendships it has fostered, and as a freshman, that was something I was looking for, so I joined.

Frankie Mancini, Co-Creative Manager

I joined The Gavel when I was a freshman because as I was taking an Intro to Digital Art course, I knew that graphic design was something I wanted to pursue even after my class ended. The Gavel not only offered me a creative outlet as I ventured through the digital art world, but it also allowed me to express my creativity in something I am very passionate about: social activism on campus. Coming from a small town with few opportunities like this one, I knew I wanted to be involved with an organization on campus where I can uplift voices of others at BC and bring light to different topics that may otherwise be unheard. After applying and being accepted into The Gavel, the former creative manager, Madison Polkowitz, was such an important mentor during my freshman year and taught me so much more than I could’ve figured out myself about The Gavel and graphic design. It makes me so happy that I can contribute in the same way as someone I looked up to during my first year at BC.

Patrick Conlan, Associate Culture Editor

As an English major at BC, it was almost a forgone conclusion that I would join the college periodicals. However, The Gavel enticed me more than the others because of its dedication to covering stories that mattered beyond simply reporting the news. While news and reporting has its place on campus, The Gavel roped me in with the idea that I would take on ideas that were not open knowledge—not just the trendy and topical but the impactful stories that tackled the taboo. The Gavel offered an opportunity to not only sharpen my writing skills but to get outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Today, if I look back at the work I’ve done so far, I see the value that I’ve gotten out of the experience. Writing for The Gavel has allowed me an outlet to explore journalistically, and I look forward to doing more in the future (and encouraging others to do the same!).

Carmen Chu, Editor-in-Chief 

Freshman year, I was honestly desperate for a peer group that was oriented toward social justice issues, especially because I felt really disconnected from the dominant culture at BC. Despite all of the advertising that this school does around volunteering and being a person for others, there is a lot of complacency and apathy amongst the students and administrators here. Especially after the anti-Black vandalism and hate speech that occurred in the fall of 2018, I realized that I needed to actually seek out people willing to engage in critical conversations about race and marginality at BC. The Gavel felt so welcoming and open in contrast with other organizations that felt exclusive and competitive in a way that pushed me away as an already marginalized student. Even though our staff is still predominantly white, I felt that my voice would be valued and I could expand my worldview by writing and reporting on any new subjects.

Ryan Ridolfo, News Staff Writer                                                      

My Gavel experience began thanks to my two closest friends: Sophie Lodes and Kate McCabe. I met Sophie at a College Democrats pizza party in the fall of my freshman year. I was sitting next to her and overheard her talking about Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign. I joined in the conversation, and we ended up talking for hours that night. A few days later, I ran into her in the Rat at lunch and asked if I could sit with her. That turned into a regular event, and I soon met Kate through her. When applications for the spring semester came out, they ordered (okay, firmly convinced) me to join The Gavel. Of course, I joined News and haven’t looked back since.

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