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A Letter From the Editor

Welcome to the year 2015.
For freshmen this can mean adventures finding your way around campus, figuring out what clubs to join and making new friendships… one of which will hopefully be with your roommate, because if not, it could make for a long semester.
For returning students, this could mean that you have surpassed many of these initial hurdles and are now, more-than-likely, seasoned UH Hilo scholars looking frantically forward to spring break.
Well, we can all have spring break to look forward to, but first lets take a glance back through 2014.
A 16-year-old boy became a wheel well stowaway, catching a ride to Maui in the landing gear of a jumbo jet and, according to reports by CNN, surviving subzero temperatures and oxygen depletion for almost five hours.
The Hawaii Tribune Herald printed statistics showing that driving fatalities dropped significantly on the Big Island from 26 deaths in 2013 to 11 deaths in 2014.
David Ige beat out incumbent Neil Abercrombie in an historical landslide primary election, and then went on to win the race for Governor against Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann.
According to Hawaii News Now, the eruption of the Pu’u O’o crater allowed what some Hawaiians refer to as “Tutu Pele,” the Hawaiian volcano goddess of fire, making her way to the Puna-area. This has subsequently resulted in the relocation of Hawaii families, businesses and schools.
In other news, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn, retired from professional mixed martial arts while Marcus Mariota became the first Hawaii-born football player to win the Heisman Trophy.
Hurricanes Iselle and Ana crossed the Pacific Ocean and made their way toward the Hawaiian archipelago, with Iselle being the first hurricane in recorded history to make landfall on the Big Island. Then, to top it all off, somebody allegedly set fire to the Hilo, Hawaii Wal-Mart on Dec. 30.
It’s hard to write an ending to a year with a roster such as this one, but a new beginning might just be the way to do that. I personally will be welcoming in 2015 with outstretched arms… while bracing myself for impact!


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