New name to reflect the values of newspaper

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The Jesuit newspaper is a voice for the student body and a messenger of its concerns, hopes, and ideas. It records accomplishments, historical events, and moments of pop culture. By chronicling our time here, we can point to something concrete that documents our impacts on the Jesuit community.

A newspaper has the power both to voice and influence the opinions of the community through relevant articles and dialogue between members present in every part of the Jesuit community. It also grants a sense of permanence to the events recorded in the newspaper.

The word “crusader,” although typically represented as a knight, has many connotations. A crusader can be a figure who strives for political, social, or religious change. However, a crusader also refers to one who crusaded, or fought, in the medieval crusades. The Crusades were a series of wars lead by the church with a goal of obtaining the Holy Land from Islamic rule. During these wars, thousands of people from different religions were killed. As a newspaper, we felt it was time to shift what we, the newspaper, represent.

Therefore, given these historical connotations, we decided that keeping the name “The Crusader” was no longer appropriate for our newspaper. We recognize that the Crusader has served Jesuit long and well as our school’s mascot. Though the newspaper always encourages robust discussions about topics such as these, our purpose in changing the name is solely for the representation of our publication, not to change the mascot.

In November of 2016, the Jesuit newspaper staff learned that our paper shared a name with the paper of the Ku Klux Klan. If colleges, parents, and alums were to google-search “the crusader” to review our writing, stories about the KKK populate. More impactful, however, is the message such an association could send to our students. The Ku Klux Klan is a hate group that has discriminated against many ethnic minorities, as well as Catholics.

In December, journalism teacher Mr. Falkner contacted Principal Hogan to discuss the feasibility of changing the name of our 60-year-old school newspaper. Thereafter, the journalism class discussed why the name needed to be changed, what our newspaper represents, and how the current name represents our purpose. After voting that the name needed to be change, new names were proposed and debated. “The Jesuit Chronicle” emerged as the top choice as the new name of the Jesuit High School newspaper.

We based our rationale on the following issues.

It was crucial that our new name reflected the newspaper’s values and purpose. As a school publication, we strive to share the voices of our fellow students and challenge people to think more critically.

“Chronicle” can be defined as a written account of important and historical events in sequential order. As a newspaper, we work to create a written documentation of Jesuit. Everything from the new school president to water bottle flipping, significant to humorous events and trends are all recorded in our monthly publication.

“Chronicle” is both timeless and suggests a narrative that lives in school. Our newspaper allows alumni to look back on the school and how it has changed over the years. It offers a narrative of the student body that may otherwise have gone unnoticed or undocumented. With its inclusive connotations, “The Chronicle” brings every member of the Jesuit community together to express opinions, encourage critical thinking, and engage one another in important dialogue.

The remodeled newspaper also honors the tradition of both Jesuit High School and the school’s paper. The script resembles the font used in the 1977 Jesuit Crusader and grants formality to our work, as well as an alludes to the original font of some of the first newspapers ever issued.

The Jesuit Chronicle should be a voice for our students, a platform to educate and inform our community of its narrative. We hope that the name “chronicle” will continue to document and reflect the events and ideas of all Jesuit students for years to come.

Sincerely,

The Jesuit Chronicle