Letter from the Editor

Hi Otters,

Andrea Valadez here and I’m beyond excited to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief for Volume 7 of The Lutrinae! I joined The Lutrinae as a contributing writer under former Editor-in-Chief Arianna Nalbach in the fall of 2022. I was eventually hired as a staff writer during the 2023 spring semester. Joining this newspaper has taught me a great deal about myself and my passion for contributing to our campus community.

Photo by Samantha Hutz

I’m a third-year Humanities and Communication student with a concentration in Journalism and Media Studies. During my second year on campus, I realized I wanted to learn more about the ways in which I could use my passion for writing to make a difference. This is when I found out about The Lutrinae, and my life changed.

I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere in our newsroom and felt at home among fellow writers, illustrators, and editors. I’ve worked with so many talented people and I feel so grateful to continue this work with a great new team this year! There’s about 10 students on our staff, and we have an amazing mix of writers, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers.

The thing I love most about The Lutrinae is getting to know more about the students who make our school the great place it is. As editor-in-chief, I plan to highlight students’ voices and help you all feel heard. I would love to hear your thoughts and read your submissions! If there’s ever anything you think The Lutrinae could help shine a light on, you can contact me at [email protected].

The Lutrinae will continue to be an avenue for students to express themselves and learn more about what’s happening on our campus. I’m also looking forward to working with our writers to create some fun and relatable columns.

I want to welcome the class of 2027 to our Otter Raft! Our campus is full of support for you and The Lutrinae is here to help you get settled in and familiar with this university. 

I’m wishing all new and returning Otters a successful school year, and I’m excited for you all to see what our team has in store for  Volume 7 of The Lutrinae! In next week’s issue, we’ll give you a closer look at our team and share opportunities that you will have to contribute to our coverage.


Andrea Valadez

Editor-in-Chief of The Lutrinae

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