Welcome back, Greyhounds! Whether you are a freshman, returning or transfer student, faculty or staff member, alumna or the parent of a current student, I welcome you to the first issue of The Reflector for the 2020-21 academic year. As we begin this academic year, I think it is important to talk about what 2020 has been and what the rest of the year will look like.
In the past eight months, we have seen the coronavirus pandemic upend every aspect of our lives. Nothing was immune, including the University of Indianapolis.
Roughly five months ago, as COVID-19 forced UIndy to extend spring break and move classes online, The Reflector was forced to make a decision we never thought we would have to make: to suspend our print issues for health and safety reasons, for the time being. This was the first time in our 97-year history we would not have a print issue.
Beginning immediately, we started publishing exclusively on our website. While we have always published content on our website before, this would be the beginning of a period in which we didn’t have that content accompany a print issue.
Now, as we begin the new academic year, we will have our print issue back— in a manner of speaking.
For the fall semester, we will not have print newspapers available in our racks on campus. However, we will be publishing digital editions that can be accessed through the sidebar of our website or going to issuu.com/reflectoruindy. These digital editions are being made remotely so that we can still deliver the news to the UIndy community while being as safe as we can.
We also will be increasing our digital outreach so that you can access the news you are looking for. I encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at our handle, @ReflectorUIndy.
In addition, if you want to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have, or submit any news tips, letters to the editor, you can email us at email@example.com, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for staying with us during this trying time. I hope you are staying safe and healthy, and most importantly, I hope you are wearing a mask and are social distancing as much as you can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.