There are no words to express the gravity of the tragedy that occurred last semester. We want to restate that we see you, hear you, and will continue to listen to you in every way we can. 

We will always do our best to report with care and sensitivity to the present needs of community members — on an individual level, a campus-wide one, and beyond. As we enter into a new semester and a new year, we will continue to prioritize compassion and focus on communal unity within our reporting. We are so proud to exist in a place full of so much mutual support and love. 

The editorial board would like to take the time to thank the people essential to our existence as a community-centered newspaper: Brandeis students, faculty, staff, and those in the greater Waltham community.

We recognize that sharing your story and experiences in any capacity requires immense courage, especially when critiquing an institution (recent examples being speaking up about working conditions for members of the Facilities staff and voicing concerns about Greek life). We do not take your trust in the Justice or our journalism lightly. Your voice is crucial to our community and thus crucial to our reporting. Our mission continues to be to provide a voice to our peers and community members; we could not do this work without you.

We would also like to take this time to remind you that we are your newspaper, and we are dedicated to producing thoughtful journalism for you,  our readers. We want to underscore this and encourage your feedback. 

At the Justice, we believe that you deserve to have a say in the way your community is being covered, and a great way to do that is through participating in interviews or through sending tips to Justice staff and editors. If there are topics that you would like to see covered, issues with the factuality of our reporting, or adjustments you think we should make to the tone or framing of our journalism, please email us at with your thoughts and concerns. 

We are so incredibly lucky to serve a community bent on speaking up and out for themselves, celebrating each other’s achievements, and opening their hearts to each other in times of grief and love. Thank you — readers, interviewees, friends, and peers — for everything you are and do. We are so proud to tell your stories and hope to continue to do so in the new year.