As the 2021 EIC of De Minimis, it falls to me to write a pithy and cocksure introduction to the new uni year. You might already know me from my classic hits, such as running an extremely unsuccessful campaign for LSS President, or doing my hair like Ted Cruz. In any case, I am in my third year at this Dickensian joy-factory known as MLS, and still kicking. That’s got to count for something.
As the Law School’s oldest and most well-respected institution, De Minimis has weathered many a storm over the years. Even so, 2021 looks like it’s going to be a special challenge. Very few of us are going to spend a significant amount of time on campus this semester, with all the loss of social utility that entails. In addition, we ought to keep in mind our classmates who are stuck outside of Melbourne due to the ongoing global disaster.
Under these conditions, I don’t think it’s too self-indulgent to say that institutions like De Minimis are more important than ever. Law School is not – or should not be – merely the place that mints your meal-ticket. As far as I can tell, the only things getting any of us through this snooze-fest are coffee and the company of our friends. So, reach out to one another. Get involved. Weigh into a dumpster-fire comment section on the De Minimis website. These are the things that tell us we’re not just surviving Covid-Law, but thriving.
In addition to our usual task of pissing off as broad a swathe of the Law School as possible, we’ve got a bunch of new stuff in the works. I have assembled a crack team of MLS misfits, who are working round-the-clock to keep you chuckling. Our trusty Columnists are writing on new and diverse topics, and our new corporate structure will allow us to defame more of you than ever before. Don’t worry, we’re also working on a new anonymous feedback form.
Applications to be a De Minimis Columnist are now open. All of the events of your life have led you to this opportunity – from your conception in the unlit back row of a 1999 screening of Fight Club, to the messy end of your high school relationship. Don’t let it pass you by.
I am honoured to be leading the newspaper that Queen Elizabeth once referred to as ‘the jiggliest shizz that I ever squizz’d.’ I promise to be worthy of those words.
Max Ferguson is the 2021 Editor-in-Chief of De Minimis.