I'm not going to lie to you. You might not want to be reading this paper. Of course I'm flattered that you chose to spend your precious free time on The AS Review. You might be new to Western, or maybe you simply have never picked up a copy. Maybe you have. Whatever the case, I'm not sure if you know what you're getting yourself into.

It might be helpful to set the tone with a quick history lesson. The year was 1981. Reagan had just been inaugurated, Paris Hilton was only a few weeks old, and the Associated Students of Western decided they wanted the campus to know about AS stuff. Thus ASCENT, the Associated Students Calendar of Events & News Tract, was born. ASCENT was a single sheet of folded paper with a calendar and a few short articles, published every couple of weeks. Five years later, someone realized using the word “tract” was a terrible choice and changed the name to The AS Review.

Fast forward to today. You rolled out of bed after your first weekend of the quarter, stumbled to class, and then somehow found this rag. Maybe you were taken in by the colorful cover. Or, you grabbed a copy so it looks like there's a reason why you're sitting alone. If you are looking for hard-hitting journalism…keep looking. I'm sure you'll find it somewhere on campus.

You could think of The AS Review as an alternative newspaper. Our focus is student life and what affects it. We're pretty good about letting you know when something awesome happens on campus. We still cover Associated Students issues and events. And while it may take you by surprise, it isn't unheard of to see an actual news story in these pages. Plus, there's always room if you want to get some of your own work published.

We try to be entertaining, too. So next time you see a sarcastic headline, page after page of event coverage or, say, a self-indulgent letter from the editor, remember what you're reading.

And just so you know, we're undergoing a few changes. Some minor, some not. But let's be honest here; if you're going to spend your time reading The AS Review, we'll do our best to make it worth it. If you have any comments or suggestions, let us know.

So enjoy this year's paper. And don't say I didn't warn you.