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Staff Editorial: April Fool’s issue reveals The Wiki Whatever

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Staff editorial celebrates April Fool's day. | The Weekly Ringer


Every April, The Weekly Ringer Editorial Board publishes an April Fool’s Day issue of the newspaper in which editors can display and practice their satirical writing skills to provide students, faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington with entertaining articles that tickle their fancy in critical and absurd ways. 

Editors challenge themselves to provide an array of satirical pieces for this issue, delving into the creative writing skills many of us left back in high school to write light and amusing stories. In the April Fool’s issue, the editors are allowed to follow their imaginations to create vivid stories of hypothetical or even surreal situations. 

In the News section, Editor-in-Chief Norah Walsh hones in on her hatred of the ringing lights in Simpson Library to inspire a tragic story of yet another building on campus facing issues that evict students from its premises. She bases fiction in fact even further with the passing mention of an earthquake that hit Virginia back in 2018, bearing in mind no knowledge of physics when she speaks of how the lights emit the ringing noise. 

Life Editor Charlie Li finally tackles the Opinion section this week to argue against opinions and advertise his support of emotivism—a concept he learned in Professor Jason Hayob-Matzke’s Introduction to Ethics course. 

In the Life section, Associate Editor Emma Brennan confesses to making TikTok edits and thirsting after dump truck-having actors in “Master of the Air,” making us reflect on the fact that social media—often full of struggle and strife—can also be served with a side of cake for dessert. 

In the Sports section, Sports and Photo Editor Abbey Magnet delivers mind-boggling game coverage on a sport without a name or any apparent rules. She pulls from her editorial experience to mix and muddy athletic terms for a unique twist on a game that falls into disarray and disrepair as the story continues.

Satire has the special ability of being able to make us consider the world around us through a different lens, which we hope offers a chance for us all to take ourselves a little less seriously. For this issue, we hope that our audience understands that the quips, cracks, jabs and jokes are satirical through and through. These pieces are meant to be taken in good faith and with ample humor, as we laughed while writing the stories and reading them aloud to each other, and we hope that you’ll do the same. 

This staff editorial was led by Norah Walsh.