After much deliberation, I've decided to step down from my position as managing editor of The Maneater.
My initial response to the controversy surrounding the April Fool's edition of the paper was to stay on through the final weeks of the semester and, through my leadership role, try to be proactive in the community through the actions discussed in my apology letter.
However, the reaction to this wasn't what I expected. In light of this, I have decided resignation is the best option.
I regret deeply the harm I have caused through the publication of the April Fool's edition; this was never my intention. As an individual, I still plan on engaging with the diversity programs and resources available on campus to continue my own growth as a journalist and as a human being.
I owe so much to The Maneater. From the day I walked in the door to the day I walked out, I never stopped learning. Working under past editors as a writer and, later, working with new writers as an editor has taught me so much as a journalist and as a person. I've learned everything from small things, like writing in AP style, to bigger lessons, like upholding my integrity through conflicts and mistakes. I can't imagine how my time at MU would be without the experiences I've had and the relationships I've built through working at this paper.
Leaving The Maneater breaks my heart, but I feel it's what's best for the paper. I hope in my absence The Maneater can work to rebuild its reputation in the community and continue to prosper.