April 22, 2019

A Message From the Editors – Why We Write

This is one article in a series explaining changes at Gordon College, called Define: Gordon

The Tartan has reported on some of the stories featured in this edition before. To revisit them may seem silly, immature or even troublesome. Before jumping to conclusions, however, we the editors ask you to pause and staidly consider what we have to say first.

True, these stories have been written before–but never like this, not in this detail, not with this comprehensiveness. Furthermore, our student reporters have uncovered new information and voices that significantly add to the understanding of the events that occurred in the college’s recent past. There are also a good number of stories in this issue that have not been reported on before by the Tartan. The privilege of time allows for the “dust to settle,” which then grants us the ability to pick up the individual pieces and make sense of them. Context is more readily recognizable.

In the first edition of the 2016-17 academic year, Editor-In-Chief Taylor Bradford ‘19 wrote, “As a publication, the Tartan explores the lives of students and others at Gordon College. We delve into the latest news, uncover how the past meets the present and the future and venture into the world of journalism with a desire to find truth.”

This has served as the Tartan’s mission all year, and this issue, like the rest, is an exercise of that mission. The major difference between this issue and our previous ones is length and concentration, as this 24-page issue reports on events that unfolded in recent memory–events which affect the Gordon community still. The Tartan pursues these stories to understand the condition of the present more fully–because these decisive moments of Gordon’s history shape us, the Gordon community, its culture, its name, and what that name means to some people versus others.

As students, we are part of that name.

Yet, with an exchange of a handshake and diploma, we leave a small campus for a big world. The four-year expiration date casts an illusion of irrelevance in the aftermath. The name of the College nevertheless goes with us as our alma mater, stamped explicitly onto certificates and LinkedIn profiles as well as implicitly in the development of personhood.

The name of our institution represents a community of individuals, a society in miniature with a specific lingo, habit, bent and quirk. As students dive into their studies, they are given aid by a neighborhood of leaders: faculty and staff. These leaders come from a range of different backgrounds and processes of learning, and with those insights, encourage students to think deeper, ask difficult questions and explore areas of understanding that are different from their own–to think beyond the self.


Taylor Bradford & Madeline Linnell

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Editor


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