I realize I promised to post while I was on the train. My apologies (though, I don't think anyone was eagerly waiting, really). The last few days have been incredibly busy, and incredibly informative.
I have learned a few things about the Canadian University Press that were slightly overwhelming. I mean, The Crown is a fairly small paper, we publish less issues, and less copies of said issues than any other paper in the CUP. We represent one of goodness knows how many Canadian University papers/magazines that are a part of the organization. I couldn't believe just how big CUP was and how much they actually do to promote University Press.
I've had the privilege to sit and listen to some of the most interesting speakers on everything from defamation and the media, to undercover journalism, to the most effective way in which to use web advertisements. I have to admit, I was surprised by some of the other papers. I've been able to pick some of them up, and browse about their pages, to really get an idea of what Student Journalism looks like. My goal next year is very much going to involve re-designing the Crown and cleaning up the writing. I hope to have the website improved to support ads, and perhaps qualify for CUP awards next year.
I'm impressed by how much I learned. I'm impressed by the culture shock I experienced. I think I have forgotten what it is like to be a part of a secular institution. In many ways, I believe that I take my life here at Redeemer for granted. For instance, in our welcome packages, we received condoms. I can't say that was something I expected. For me, it is unnecessary. It is also a rather potent reminder that not everyone shares the values I have been brought up to hold, not to mention respect in regards to Redeemer's policy.
Who knows, I may write an article about it.
Word of the Day: Pretentious
Quote of the Day: "There is greasy lubricant on my table." A ten year old kid to his mother on the train between Montreal and Toronto