The vast majority of people believe that change is a scary, horrible thing to be avoided at all costs. I say that because the majority of Australians voted for Tony Abbott in 2013, the man who wants to turn back the clock to 1950. If he had his way, we probably wouldn’t have three women and a gay guy running a newspaper. We’d be back ironing the shirts and Andrew would be hidden firmly in a closet (with the beautifully ironed shirts).
But we’re here now and there’s nothing you can do about it, so sit tight, buckle up and hold on. Unlike the majority of the Australian public, we love change. We love new things, old things and things of an indeterminate-but-definitely-legal age. That’s why you’ll notice so many news things in Lot’s Wife this year – we’re running themed sections, more fun stuff, giveaways and a brand new layout to boot. You’ll also notice some of your old favourite sections are coming back, like Current Affairs, Games and OB Reports (just kidding, does anyone actually read those?)
Our ascension to this high and holy office last year was not without its fair share of comment and criticism. That unfortunately is just part of life at the MSA – you can’t please (nor fool, for that matter) all people all the time. It’s part of life in the media, too- there is always someone who knows (or thinks they know) better than you, no matter what you’re talking about.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way. After working in retail, dealing with all the comments, criticism and “perks” of student politics is a breeze. No one here has ever chased me around a store for twenty minutes to berate me for moving their trolley out of other customers’ way, for example. Nor has anyone here thrown a pumpkin at me after it scanned at a different price to the shelf ticket. The worst thing that I’ve experienced thus far was being called a “Go! tentacle” which I misread as “testicle” and then insisted on showing everyone I saw that day because I thought it was hilarious.
Editing Lot’s Wife – and all that it entails – isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. It’s exhausting and stressful, particularly when I have to find nice ways of delivering criticism to people. But seeing all our hard work in print is exhilarating and makes all the late nights, early mornings and hours chained to a computer worth it.
Toby for the two-lane racing slip’n’slide, mysterious stranger for the wrestling jelly, Annika for making the Hosts clean the sticky mess off the Lot’s Wife lounge kitchen and my parents & nanna for the constant supply of leftovers
Coles for messing around my roster, whichever Host munted on the brand new couches, Lot’s Wife office roof mould – I hate you.