When students find themselves on the front lines of national issues and officials promise to shake up GW for better or worse, The Hatchet editorial board springs into action to respond to the news – what happened and why should you care?
As we continue to cover topics big and small this year, we wanted to outline what we do and who we are. The Editorial Board meets weekly to discuss topics relevant to GW that might be happening on campus, around DC, or across the country. Whether the news runs in The Hatchet or other publications, Opinion Editor Ethan Benn and Opinion Editor Riley Goodfellow will choose a topic for this week’s staff op-ed. After discussion and debate, the collective opinions of the editorial board form the basis of the staff editorial, which Benn and Goodfellow write as the official position of The Hatchet.
So what do we believe? Since May of this year, we’ve asked the University to declare its support for abortion rights, asked officials to help students make sense of financial aid, endorsed a candidate for election to the mayor of DC, introduced freshmen at #OnlyAtGW moments and outlined the values we’re looking for in his next leader.
Our mission isn’t to tell you what to think – it’s to tell you what to think. Each weekly staff editorial is intended to inform our readers, defend their rights and challenge their beliefs. We don’t shy away from outlining the policies and programs we believe are necessary for the GW community, and we aren’t afraid to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Eight members of The Hatchet staff serve on the editorial board of this volume. Our different backgrounds and roles allow us to represent The Hatchet.
Meet the members of the editorial board:
Ethan Ben, a Georgian junior specializing in journalism and mass communication, is the opinion editor. He leads weekly editorial board meetings and co-writes the staff editorial. It focuses on how urban planning, public transport and politics intersect to affect our lives.
Riley Goodfellow, a sophomore from California majoring in political science, is the contributing opinion editor. They co-write the staff editorial and help guide the weekly discussion. They often write about the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive justice.
Zachary Bestwick, a junior from the Carolinas majoring in political science, is a research assistant and opinion writer. It hopes to address issues that affect students’ academic experiences and their day-to-day interactions with GW.
Nuria Diaz, a junior from Puerto Rico majoring in journalism and mass communication, is the sportswriter. She is interested in the legacy of colonialism in the Caribbean, Spanish language misinformation and urban sustainability.
Jaden DiMauro, a junior from Connecticut majoring in English, is the editor. Coming from a household with two mothers, he is deeply passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and focuses on issues such as sustainability and ethical consumption.
Clara Duhon, a senior from New Jersey specializing in anthropology and international affairs, is the culture editor. She is passionate about raising the voices of marginalized communities through various forms of media and advocating for environmental justice.
Grace Miller, a junior from Virginia majoring in English, is the design editor. She is deeply passionate about environmentalism, gender equity, and how the University should use its funding to better support students.
Ethan Valliath, a sophomore from New Jersey majoring in international affairs, is the director of social media. In addition to advocating for mental health awareness, he aims to address sustainability, health care, and racial equity on campus.
Jarrod Wardwell, the editor, attends our meetings and edits the staff editorial but does not give his opinion. The Editorial Board also operates independently of the Newsroom – they report news separately from our discussions, and we discuss their importance without covering it firsthand.
This year’s Editorial Board includes members from a variety of backgrounds, and our position allows us to speak on behalf of students like us. Yet, we know that we do not represent the entire student body, which is why we aim to include as many student identities, experiences, and opinions as possible in our discussions. If that means taking unorthodox or controversial positions, we will take them. But if, or when, we are wrong, we will recognize and correct our errors. When we receive new information or the story changes, we will update our views accordingly – previous editorial boards have also retracted their positions and rescinded their endorsements.
We’re not just the Editorial Board – we’re your Editorial Board, engaging in commentary and advocacy that is relevant to our readers and meant to get them thinking about their community. If you disagree with us on a particular issue, we encourage you to either write a letter to the editor or an editorial.
The Hatchet is an institution in itself, and we are proud of the contributions we have already made to this historic journal. Our platform gives us privilege and power, and we intend to use it to the fullest. For you and for us, the Editorial Board of Volume 119 is eager to make sense of the news and advocate for change.
The Editorial Board is made up of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the Newsroom. This week’s staff op-ed was written by opinion editor Ethan Benn and contributing opinion editor Riley Goodfellow, based on discussions with research assistant Zachary Bestwick, the sports editor Nuria Diaz, Copy Editor Jaden DiMauro, Culture Editor Clara Duhon, Design Editor Grace Miller, and Social Media Contributors. Director Ethan Valliath.