Goodbye to The Tribe and St Andrews from Editor-in-Chief Elliot Douglas.

When I say it’s been a long time coming, I really cannot emphasise just how long it has been. Without really noticing it, the last five years have hurtled by almost as astonishingly fast as my tenure as the captain of the good ship Tribe (alternative spellings in frantic Facebook messages to Alexandra this year have varied from “Trbie” to “Tbrei” to my own personal favourite: “Trib”). And now – I’m handing over the reins and I can only express my gratitude to the team around me and our readers over the two years in which I’ve been involved in this little publication. Your new Editor-in-Chief, Cate Casalme, is set to do a fantastic job and you can now reach her at editor@thetribeonline.com with any questions you might have.

Some stats:

  • 150+ articles published in the last 12 months
  • 17 editors and subeditors to manage
  • 2000+ likes on Facebook and at least a couple of Instagram followers
  • 19 major panics
  • 7 minor panics
  • 1 hack

Some thoughts:

  • It often strikes me how much of being a student has to do with writing and how little has to do with editing. We write e-mails and messages, lecture notes and even essays in a frantic rush, only taking the time to look back when what we are writing is actually important. We communicate constantly through writing, switching from tab to tab and app to app. In this environment, articles in student newspapers are some of the only means of communication which usually go through several edits and are also are not accessed immediately. This is worth remembering when you read them.
  • Some articles written by students are poorly written, not well thought through, or too irrelevant to interest anyone. This does not mean these articles should be ignored nor that their defects should not be engaged with, but instead that they have a potential which should be acknowledged. Watching writers grow and develop is a great joy.
  • Those articles which are the most unashamedly personal are often not only the most important, but also the truest. Someone speaking from experience that they have had may well be biased, but will also be more inclined to be honest.
  • Bad grammar is unacceptable. It will never be acceptable.

And for those of you still here next year – the advice is simple. Write for the Tribe, or another student publication. Read them, give your opinions of them, talk about them. Appreciate the humanity of those who wrote and produced these articles. Appreciate your own humanity in the process.

Look around and have a moment of perspective and understanding.

Walk along the coastal path and forget everything for a minute.

Don’t forget to breathe.

-E