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I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of August. 2010 has flown by in a blink. I’m fairly sure it wasn’t all that long ago that it was February and my trusty designer sidekick Juliette and I were freaking out about how we had to make a 56-page magazine every week. We’re 19 issues in. Only six to go. Holy shit. Needless to say we’re kind of putting off thinking about post-Salient unemployment, but that’s a story for another day.

There are a few things that you can expect when you end up editing a student mag like this: sleep deprivation, bad skin, an unhealthy addiction to caffeine, a diet of takeaways and junk food, and spending the majority of your time in an office in front of a computer. Two things should be mentioned here: surprisingly I haven’t put on weight, and I haven’t taken up smoking. Dad will be pleased.

Despite the stress, the sleepless nights, the multiple cups of coffee a day and writing features/editorials/news stories at 2am on a Friday morning, this job is actually pretty darn fun. I get to hang out with my bff for, like, 80 hours a week. I can wear trackpants to work if I want. I get to make masks of Max Hardy. I get to laugh about buying Brad Pitt’s garlic naan on TradeMe. I get to legitimately be on my Gmail for hours on end talking to “important people” about “important matters”. If you were curious, this week’s topic of Gmail discussion has been my failure to win a free Bounty bar, despite the fact I’ve consumed at least six of them in the last two days. Thrilling stuff. Oh, to edit a student magazine. We really don’t get out much.

On a more serious note, we’ve got a more important job to do. We’re here to entertain. We’re here to inform. We’re here to keep an eye on VUWSA. We’re here to keep an eye on the university. We’re here to tell you
about what you should care about. We’re here to make your time at university a more pleasurable experience. Or something. We eat, breathe and dream Salient for you guys: the students who pick up the magazine week in, week out. Salient’s army of contributors have been doing this job for 72 years now. And for the majority of those 72 years, we’ve been doing it pretty darn well.

After the break we begin the search for an Editor for 2011. It’s the best job in the world and it’s also—at times—the worst. But that just comes with the territory. If you’re going to apply, be prepared to devote your heart and soul to this magazine for an entire year. I’m not kidding when I say I don’t get out much. But
if you think you’ve got what it takes, apply. It’s your chance to stamp your mark on a longstanding part of student life at Vic. Watch out for more details in Issue 19.

Last, but not least, special mention must go to Mikey Langdon, our Chief Sub-Editor and Online Editor. It was his last day at Salient last Thursday—he’s fleeing to Germany for a while to teach high school-age brats English. Mikey has been lurking around Salient for a couple of years now, checking our grammar and correcting our spelling. He’s spent hours and hours in the office and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his work for Salient. I know I can speak for Jackson as well on this, Mikey has been an integral part in making Salient what it is over the past two years. He’s put up with some awful music choices (Eve, B*Witched, Ricky Martin, Ju’s awful singing—to name a few), constant mocking and late-night delirium. And for some reason he keeps coming back—probably because we pay him this year. Mikey, you’ve been awesome to work with and we’re going to miss you heaps. Keep mini fluoro cock bear safe on your travels. Our spelling and grammar is probably going to be heaps worse.
Sorry everyone.

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