Volume XXXV, Issue 4, May 10, 2013

One of the scariest aspects of finals week is how automatic the whole thing becomes. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself churning out essays and assimilating masses of knowledge like some sort of semi-sentient automaton. And while you are in this robotic state of mind, probably the last thing you want to do is read about dialogue, guilt, and speech. You probably have no patience for discourse, and you would probably be especially infuriated if you found yourself reading discourse about discourse.

I won’t lie to you: There’s a lot of that in this issue. But with good reason. When it is inconvenient, when it is annoying, when it is hard—that’s the most important time of all to be forced to stop and think. For this final issue, we called for letters that might reflect upon this tumultuous year and put forward an argument on how we ought to continue from here on out. I believe the letters printed in the next few pages do exactly that.

This is my last issue as Editor-in-Chief of The Indicator. Over the past two semesters, I have tried to help make this publication entertaining, provocative, considered, and fun. But most of all, I hope that our magazine has caused you to stop and think. That’s all a writer, or an artist, or this magazine can really ask for.