As graduation quickly approaches, it is time for The Rearview’s 2023-24 executive team to officially sign off. 

Co Editors-in-Chief Emeritae Peyton Perry ‘24 and Annie Tomosivitch ‘24, and Executive Editor Emeritus Tom Lane ‘24 have served as the executive team since September 2022 when co-founders Peyton and Annie launched The Rearview

Read below as each of the graduating seniors reflect on their time at The Rearview as well as their hopes for the future. 

(All photos courtesy of The Rearview)

How time flies! I can still vividly recall sitting in the Tully with Annie during our sophomore year, envisioning what would eventually become The Rearview. We were merely two friends, fueled by a burning desire to create a space where students could explore modern media and the thrill of breaking news. We took a risk by stepping down from our positions at The Mirror, myself as Head News Editor at the time, and went full steam ahead with high aspirations. More than two years later, I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished. 

From the countless hours spent refining logistics and perfecting a multimedia website, to the time spent developing a relationship with the College of Arts and Sciences and garnering student interest, creating The Rearview has been no easy feat. While believing in ourselves was essential, convincing others to share in that belief required a whole new level of determination—a journey marked by perseverance and grit. 

I have learned to never take no for an answer and that the old adage “fake it till you make it” holds a tremendous amount of truth. Annie and I were showing up to cover events as ‘student media’ long before we formalized any sort of partnership with the university. But hey, sometimes you have to be brave enough to just act. 

(Pictured above are Annie Tomosivitch ’24 and Peyton Perry ’24 talking with CNN Anchor Kaitlan Collins in a panel discussion at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts)

Most importantly, I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the power of collaboration and bringing creative minds together. Over the years, we have grown a remarkable team of dedicated students. There is nothing more gratifying than hearing each member pitch their ideas during our weekly meetings and watching them work together on content. I have the utmost faith in our new team; they possess the same fiery ambition and enthusiasm that led to The Rearview’s creation. 

Thank you to all of the faculty who supported us along the way, especially our advisor Prof. Barguiarena, as well as our mentor and friend, the late Prof. Matt Tullis. Tullis was the first faculty member to believe in us and for that I am eternally grateful. 

Although I am sad to say goodbye to this transformative chapter in my life, The Rearview could not be in better hands. I wish the entire team the best of luck. My final piece of advice is to believe in yourselves and remember that it is you who are at the heart of The Rearview

Building The Rearview from the ground up—nurturing it from its humble beginning through its impactful fruition might just be one of the bravest and most formative experiences that I have taken on to date. What was nothing more than an idea whispered in the Tully at its conception has developed into a booming success, with a lot of time and hard work.

This experience, and all that it took to prove ourselves…to the faculty who would later advise us, to the administration who would later partner with us and to the student body who would later engage with us…taught me how to believe in myself when The Rearview’s inaugural advocates seemed few and far between. 

More broadly, my daily efforts alongside Peyton taught me about the power of female leadership. We took a great deal of risks, and ran through walls to make a name for our publication. Despite a lot of trials and challenges, we never gave up. In fact, we showed up—to press events, high-profile interviews and receptions, with no concrete qualifications besides a lot of enthusiasm. And so I learned that women who don’t take “No” for an answer have outstanding potential to create positive change. 

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Well behaved women rarely make history.”

(Pictured above from left to right is Annie Tomosivitch ’24, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joseph Westhoff ’24 and Peyton Perry ’24)

While The Rearview’s high-quality coverage and impressive traffic certainly deems it successful in my view, what is more important is the community that it has formed. We started this to create a space for collaboration, learning and community surrounding high-quality journalism. Though my tenure has been riddled with mountains of close reading, meticulous uploads and much careful crafting of my own articles…when I think about The Rearview, I cannot help but think about the bigger picture. 

As I proudly look at our new editorial team, and the relationships we have built, I know that our bigger picture has been a positive one. That is what makes me most proud. Thank you to all those who have supported us in making this dream come true.

To our new team and those to come: believe in yourselves, and let this leadership role be an opportunity to act as men and women for others. We remember The Rearview’s first mentor by the words that he shared: 

“Stories will save us” — Matthew Tullis (November 1975 – September 2022). 

When I joined The Rearview as the Executive Editor just before the beginning of my junior year, I had no idea what it would yield. As far as I knew, my job would consist of little more than spotting dangling participles and gently reminding other writers of the importance of subject-verb agreement. I never would have guessed that I would have had the opportunity to interview so many fascinating people and to mentor so many young creators.

And what talent I have seen! It has truly been a privilege to encourage these young men and women to harness all of their ambition and make their creative talents known. It’s no small task to help grow a brand new media outlet, but what this outgoing executive team has done pales in comparison to the spirit of innovation that each successive team will bring to the platform, and to the university as a whole.

(Pictured above from left to right are Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Peyton Perry ’24 and Tom Lane ’24 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts)

When it comes to the next generation of content creators for The Rearview, I have no worries about quality. For them, excellence is par for the course. What’s more, all that they create for this community is uniquely theirs. I was always happy to write articles and bring you the news, but my greatest joy has definitely been seeing them flourish.

I encourage everyone at Fairfield to follow their future endeavors closely—these Stags are for real.

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