Meet The New Editor-in-Chief
Meet Niki Mara, Mars' Hill new Editor-in-Chief for the 2018/19 school year!
If you could be any fruit, which would you be and why?
I would be the “fruit of the labour” of the bourgeoisie, after the proletariat achieve true equality under Communism.
What has been your previous involvement in the Trinity community?
In my three years here, I’ve seen Trinity Western from a multitude of different perspectives. First, as a shy freshman just trying to make it to my next geography lab. My first year was formative in many ways, as I slowly discovered for myself what it means to be part of a Canadian Christian community. In my second year, I took on the role of a Heelie-wearing Peer Instructor, who taught her students how make balloon animals. It was in that year that I discovered a desire to take my odd habits into the school newspaper. This past year, I have had the privilege of being the visionary for the Mars’ Hill Academy section. I was exactly where I wanted to be, where I felt called to be.
What is your vision for Mars’ Hill?
Mars’ Hill has accomplished amazing things in the past few years, and it is my privilege to build upon the success of my predecessors. There are three big things I want to focus on in my time as Editor in Chief:
- I want to create a contributor community. Mars’ Hill has previously had the tradition of searching for contributors high and low, without a specific recruitment guideline, and as fun as that can be, it can also lead to chaos. It’s about time we created a system by which to find and incentivize people to write for us. I want writing an article for Mars’ Hill to be an honor and a privilege, not a strenuous task.
- The ESL student body is often kept in the shadows, although being one of the largest on our campus. I plan on dedicating a space in Mars’ Hill to let our ESL students speak their mind, in their own language. This goes for all students whose first language is not English. It’s high time we appreciated the multilinguality of our campus within the pages of the student newspaper.
- I am going to strive for excellence. The only limits we have, as a team of creatives, are the limits we set for ourselves. What we do on the pages of Mars’ Hill is in our hands, and I see no reason for stopping short of an award-winning paper.
What is your understanding of the function of Mars’ Hill?
I could go back to basics and say that Mars’ Hill strives to create discussion of on-campus and global issues within a Christian context. But that’s not everything. Our student newspaper can do so much more than that - we can inspire. Starting with mesmerizing visuals and ending with sensational sports reviews, and everything in-between, we have the ability, and the duty, to move hearts and bring to life ideas that would otherwise hide in silence.
What compelled you to apply for this position?
My first date with Mars’ Hill was in my first year, when I wrote a severely amateur article about Russian culture. Of course, what else would the local Communist kid write about? After seeing my name in print, and my article etched into history, there was no turning back. I was in love.
I came to Trinity, a clueless and utterly shy Russian girl, and I have never felt as accepted and represented as I have on the pages of Mars’ Hill. I want to do the same for the many other students that want their identity to be appreciated and respected, and that is why I applied for this position. In due time, I will have a magnificent team by my side, and together we will climb to heights that have never been reached before.