Effective 12 p.m. Wednesday, I'm stepping down as editor-in-chief of The Maneater.
First, I'd like to clarify something: As per tradition, I took no part in the planning of the April Fool's edition. This edition of The Maneater has historically been put together by the editorial staff, as a sort of surprise for the editor-in-chief. I decided to follow through with that tradition. Although I knew to expect the April Fool's issue, I was unaware of the content.
I am not wholly without blame, however. Early in the production of the regular Maneater issue, it was brought to my attention that we had half a page of ads that didn't fit inside the regular issue. I did suggest and authorize the placement of ads directly inside the April Fool's wraparound.
I realize I've been fairly silent in regards to our April Fool's issue. I suppose now is the time to explain why.
It's something I've been struggling with this past week. I felt Abby Spudich's letter was clear in that hers were the final eyes on the issue before it went to print. I felt that writing a statement, where I publicly distance myself from the matter, would be distasteful. Maybe it wasn't the right thing to do as editor-in-chief, but as a friend, I didn't think releasing such a statement would be appropriate. I didn't want to take part in the finger pointing toward Abby.
My approach toward this situation has been fundamentally different than what my editorial board wanted and expected of me.
Abby has handled this situation with great poise and professionalism, owning up to and taking full responsibility for her mistakes, and I admire her for that. I fully supported the steps outlined in her apology letter for working to improve relations within the community and as such decided to take a backseat in discussing the April Fool's issue with the media.
I apologize if my lack of response came across as an apathetic attitude toward the matter of our April Fool's edition and for my actions in regard to the placement of advertisements inside the issue.
I'm sad that my time at The Maneater is ending sooner than expected. I am truly grateful for the three years I've spent here, the friendships I've built and the content I've helped produce.