TMW: This is the last paper with all your names on it. First thoughts?
Allie Korbey: Thank God.
Kate Rhodes: I want to go to bed.
Ellie Fuqua: Four years in the making.
Jake N. Greenberg: I think our record for having stayed the latest is 5:15 a.m. I say we smash it tonight.
Max Horvath: Definitely want to be out tonight after the Star Trib is already delivered.
JNG: And that’s the only way Max tells time.
Maddie Jaffe: It’s that and whether or not McDonald’s is serving only breakfast. We got there at 4:30 a.m. and…
AK: They were like no nuggets, and we were like, we just did a paper, and they were like no nuggets.
On that note, we have an either/or. Late night pizza or McDonald’s Drive Thru?
[Resounding agreement on McDonald’s].
JNG: The best moment in Mac Weekly McDonald’s is we went and ordered, a bunch of different people got nuggets, and we ordered 32 nuggets, to which the woman at the drive thru asked us, “Do you do this often?”
AK: And then she came out of McDonald’s and hand-delivered them to the car.
MH: But, there was a more cost effective way.
MJ: That you could get 40 for cheaper than 32.
MH: Like Costco.
MJ: There was also the time when we won a $25 gift card to a used book store from WMCN’s 24-hour radio show.
Let’s go back to basics. Why did you join the paper!?
KR: I joined halfway through first year for apparently no reason. I sat on the couch for six months and then was absorbed into the Arts section by this special Allie Korbey.
AK: You were also immediately the most social out of all of us. All of us were very quiet.
EF: We were the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed journalists, and you became editor and I decreased my participation.
KR: There used to be a lot of dancing on The Mac Weekly. I feel like now it’s just a general coolness.
EF: Amy Leibowitz [’15] and Sophie Nikitas [’14] used to dance. What happened, we failed?
AK: And Solange.
JNG: Yeah, “Losing You” was a big part of the Weekly, and we lost that.
Rachel Wilson: And at the beginning they would flash the lights. It was super dramatic.
EF: What did we leave? What is our legacy?
KR: Yeah, what’s our legacy?
AK: THE RE-STRUCTURING OF THE LEADERSHIP AND PAYMENT WITH THE ADMINISTRATION.
MJ: In terms of joining the paper, correct me if I’m wrong, I think I’m different from everyone here in that I’ve never written an article?
Jamie G. Goodin: I’ve written several Features articles.
MJ: I think everyone has written very good articles, and I’ve written none.
RW: I joined the paper in order to write satirical food reviews.
KR: Yeah! The Rachel and Rachel and Rachel!
RW: And then I quickly became News Editor. Sharp detour.
ER: I joined after Gilfix [’16] wrote a particularly inflammatory piece on women in sports and I decided the sports section needed a little gender parity.
JGG: I used to think it was called the Wac Meekly. And I wanted to see what the Wac Meekly was all about.
MJ: Is it Wac and Meek?
JGG: I don’t know. Sometimes. Not usually.
Speaking of The Hege, how do you see the future of the TMW/Hege relationship?
JNG: The last four years, we have to be honest, have been an absolute disaster. When we got here it seemed like a genuine rivalry. But, thanks to cross-pollination, Jamie Goodin, Austin Parsons [’17], Lydia Karlson [’16], Will Milch [’19]…unfortunately we’re pretty tight as organizations now so it’s a disaster.
JGG: We just have fun parties together.
AK: I mean, I don’t think there can be a collab. I don’t see what that would look like. It’s not in the works.
Esha Datta: I’m hoping the current trend of TMW slowly overtaking The Hege will continue.
KR: But, we’re all against Chanter.
[a few people say “Xander rocks”].
JNG: I’m fully against Chanter and the arts.
AK: Catch Jake’s Arts column this week.
Who really is the new Lindsey Smith [’16]?
AK: Not Max Horvath.
MH: It’s me. Listen, literally all I’m missing is the glasses with the chain. I’ve got the dance moves, I’ve got the flexibility, I’ve got the schedule, and I have the poise.
JNG: One thing we absolutely ruined about The Mac Weekly is that we have no elegance.
What do we have instead of elegance now?
MJ: A new camera!
MH: We got red cords for graduation. We have knishes.
JGG: I think we have panache.
KR: But do we have ganache?
MH: We have knishes.
Biggest publishing fuck-ups?
AK: “Winnners” in front page headline… I think we’re pretty transparent about our fuck-ups generally.
Eliza Ramsey: Jake once got called out hard for the devaluations of the contributions of a certain club team.
JNG: That’s true. I disrespected the Macalester Crew Club team. I mentioned that they hadn’t had a season in four years and they got very angry about that.
MH: Although that was an objective fact.
So we have a philosophical question. Can “Democracy Live in Darkness?”
AK: Shut up, Washington Post.
JNG: Yeah, I hate that.
JGG: Check it out in the Opinion section this week.
Be honest, did you buy a Milch visor?
MH: I stole one.
KR: I almost bought one and then he told me he broke even, and now I don’t have the passion. He broke even like two weeks ago. The rugby coach bought one. I want to be gifted one at graduation, @Milch?
Is there a story or photo you always wanted to report or include?
MH: Something like “Way Back at Mac,” something that happened in the past.
ED: Yes, but it actually got written by Isaac Slaughter [’19] this year. I was obsessed with the WacPac for a long time.
JGG: The cracks in the Leonard Center’s foundation.
MH: The moral foundation?
JGG: No, no, no the physical foundation.
So on top of having a flat roof, it has cracks in the foundation?
JGG: It wasn’t investigated…I want to investigate it.
JNG: I got a tip last summer about a potential Watergate situation… we’ll just say there was a Watergate situation.
What’s the most awkward thing that happened in layout in four years?
MH: I mean [two of our co-Editors-in-Chief] were going back-and-forth between dating each other and not talking at all.
ER: We have dealt with our fair share of contention.
KR: Learning how to let people go from the staff.
ER: There have definitely been some tense basement meetings.
AK: Like there are in any workplace.
EF: Lots of tense conversations about layout.
JGG: I just stay in my corner.
MH: All of the awkward situations, they’re highly classified, more than top secret. I don’t even know all the details.
AK: That’s because you’re not paid staff.
MH: You know what I wanted to report on, more team profiles.
KR: We should just do baseball.
MJ: Oh, I thought you said teen profiles.
MH: Local teens.
JNG: You don’t have a last question ready?
MH: Ok, what’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen Jake do in the Mac Weekly Office?
AK: I had a series of snap stories that were “Drake Jake” where he would be eating and jamming and reading spreads. And Jake exclusively reads spreads out loud. We appreciate you.
MJ: He reads to himself and rocks back and forth while he does it.
EF: I don’t know, I love seeing Jake transform into Editor-in-Chief. I always told you about that. Like [he’s] typically the most laid back guy, to see you be like cut-throat Editor-in-Chief is funny.
AK: You were so cut-throat, Jake.
MH: You cut so many throats.
Are there other nice memorable things? Are you lacking in good memories in The Mac Weekly department?
KR: Every gathering outside of the office.
JNG: I love The Mac Weekly. It’s been my favorite thing at Macalester, and it’s a wonderful place and everyone should write for it.
AK: And we’re never fake. We aren’t.
JNG: We’re never fake. And I love these people.
Any other closing thoughts?