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Letter from the Intersections Editor

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Letter from the Intersections Editor

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Hugo Fajardo, Intersections Editor

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I came to Tulane three semesters ago. As a freshman, I stressed about the kind of environment I would have to deal with. I was confused, and at one point felt like assimilating into the predominant campus culture was the only way I could have been happy.

As a shelter and safe space from this constant pressure I faced, I discovered The Hullabaloo late in my first semester at Tulane. More specifically and importantly, however, I found Intersections.

Never in my life had I thought that I’d be involved in journalism. I hate writing. I hate writing essays, papers, research projects, the whole shabang. Naturally, I was shocked to realize how much I loved being a section editor. I quickly found that Intersections was more than the fifth page in the newspaper. It was – and is – a community.

The very first official Intersections article was released less than three years ago. Intersections is young, but, damn, have we popped off since our founding. Intersections rose from the need to provide a platform for our array of marginalized communities on campus. We promised ourselves we would not let our cultures, our identities and our experiences become erased from the discussions held at our university. And that took courage. The one sentence that stands out to me from the others in that first article, however, is “But we know this is not enough.”

Intersections has been an amazing space where I, and many other people before me, feel the freedom and comfort to share my story in a setting where my story along with others are often never recognized. This, however, will never be enough. Intersections will never be enough. As a section editor, I strive to cover the many topics and dialogues about our identities on campus, but Intersections cannot cover every single case of marginalization and erasure on campus.

As much as I would love for this to be a reality, it is not, and Intersections must be held accountable for not fulfilling this when necessary. For this reason, Intersections is only one crack on the glass window that’s keeping others from getting in. We don’t need another crack, we need the entire window to crumble. We deserve better and more. Always.

The struggle to simply voice our stories and our voices on this campus isn’t over. But I believe that we are more than capable of winning this struggle. Of finally having our histories become taught, our experiences discussed, and our humanity recognized and upheld. To those who ever decide to write for Intersections after my time as section editor, thank you. You are a brave human being for resisting the very same institution we call our school and vocalizing the injustices that must be made right. Thank you.

Canela López, thank you. Thank you for founding Intersections and establishing a legacy that I can only see as continuing to thrive. Your fight to have this section become a reality will be remembered and cherished. Your actions have opened up a new door, one which many people like me will value for years to come. The day I have to hug you congratulations for graduating is approaching too soon.

Nile Pierre and Emily Fornof, thank you. Thank you for guiding me since the very beginning, when I was a timid freshman who had no idea what a SEO was. I cannot stress enough how high you set the bar for me when you two served as Intersections editors. This whole year I’ve felt like I’ve had big shoes to fill. I would not be here without either of you.

I need to thank all other Intersections staff, including my co-editors, associates and contributing writers who define what Intersections is. Kila Moore, we were both there together since the beginning as Hullabaloo freshman who had no idea what we were doing. Thanks for the laughs and memories. Jess Galloway and Lauren Flowers, y’all were an absolute pleasure to work with as co-editors. All your stories were amazing to read, and I know for a fact y’all are capable of accomplishing only the absolute best in the future.

I want to thank the rest of the Hullabaloo staff who have supported Intersections before, during, and what will be after my time as section editor. Thank you to our amazing layout editor Emma Vaughters, who always stunned me with her graphic work every week. Thank you to our copy team for always making sure there aren’t Oxford commas in my articles and for much more. Everyone involved with Intersections cohesion has made an impact and will not go unrecognized.

My work to ensure that everyone’s voice matters on this campus is far from over. Our work is far from over. At the end of the day, however, we must never forget our self-worth and our power. We have the power to achieve whatever we damn please, as long as we remember that we matter. You matter.

-Hugo Fajardo,

Intersections Editor

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2 Responses to “Letter from the Intersections Editor”

  1. Former Hull Board Member on April 26th, 2019 11:56 am

    I’m glad this writer has gained so much from Intersections. I was on the board the year Intersections was established and would like to mention those people who were clearly overlooked in this piece. Though Canela originated the idea of Intersections and their contributions cannot be overlooked, the section would not have been possible without the guidance, approval, support of the 2016-17 managing board and the Editor-in-Chief Brandi Doyal. That managing board had the rare designation of being a majority of people of color along with a womxn of color as EIC, and they knew how important this section would become in the eyes of Hull members and the wider Tulane community. Without the managing board’s approach to balancing the section’s news stories, opinions, and essay writing, this section would not have been as well received as it has been. Though Canela played an important role in this development, to disregard the contributions of The Hullabaloo’s top leaders is to disregard an important facet of what made Intersections so groundbreaking. When telling stories about those often pushed to the shadows, The Hullabaloo should strive to make sure that everyone’s contributions are acknowledged and appreciated, and this article misses the mark in achieving that.

  2. Former Staff Member on April 26th, 2019 12:22 pm

    What fight for intersections?? As someone who worked on the hull the year intersections was created, most of managing board were people of color. The whole paper fully supported the new section in a unanimous vote. Intersections was a group effort we all worked to achieve. Please stop with the revisionist history and don’t erase the people of color and LGBTQ+ community there were on the paper then today.

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