Letter From the Editors

Dear reader,

Black lives matter. Justice is necessary and overdue. 

These are historic times, and we take our responsibility as a historical record of Colorado College events and culture extremely seriously. This record must include documentation of the outrage and demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others at the hands of police. 

In the wake of current and evolving events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, we have made the decision not to reopen The Catalyst newsroom to run any stories of our own. We want to center Black voices rather than provide content that could distract from the movement. The Catalyst receives no funding to accommodate wages for the summer months, and we believe asking our staff to work for free perpetuates the oversaturation of privileged voices. We remain committed to anti-racism, and we will continue reporting in a manner that reflects this commitment when school begins in the fall.

While we have decided not to report stories of our own, we will be sharing reputable news sources and stories through our Instagram with which we urge you to interact. We will never cease to deliver quality journalism, despite the war that has been waged upon the free press of this country during the recent and ongoing protests. Supporting a pipeline of accurate information and reporting surrounding BLM is one of many vital things we can all do in this significant moment.


Claire Barber, Social Media Manager

Berry Phillips and Heather Rolph, Co-Editors-in-Chief

June 2020