At The Daily Californian, 2022 was a vibrant year. We published more than 4,000 articles, printed a physical paper every Thursday, shot breathtaking photos, covered historic events and published 11 special issues. Throughout it all, we honed our talents, worked hard to secure funding for the next five years and, most importantly, made close friends and memories that will last us a lifetime.
In this issue, our staffers reflect on 2022 — the best movies they watched, books they read and favorite Daily Cal projects they worked on. We interview campus officials and community advocates about how their year went, but also write candidly about how we ourselves have grown throughout the year. Most importantly, we hope that this issue offers you a chance to reflect on how you navigated the year and all the chaos and excitement 2022 brought to our lives. Even though it won’t be the same as it was, see you in 2023!
Rediscovering my love for sports
In a way, I rediscovered my love for sports this year. But at the same time, I rediscovered how I best connect to the people I love.
— Aditya Katewa
5 best books I read in 2022
— Izza Ahmed
2022 in review: A sit down with Chancellor Christ
— Clara Brownstein
Photo Essay: 2022 in Photos
As we look back on the year, we hope this collection of the Daily Cal photo department’s best shots from 2022 intrigue you and inspire you to dig deeper into the stories of those portrayed.
— Daily Californian Photo
New friends, classic faces: Best movies I watched in 2022
We are still in a pandemic and it will continue to have its ups and downs, but certain things that we once took for granted — like movies and cinematic productions, have begun to reflame to their normal frequencies.
— Defne Karabatur
2022: A memorable moment in a year of positive change
— Veerle deJong
2022 fashion trends
— Josephine Ng
People’s Park: What happened in 2022
— Chrissa Olson
Most iconic pop culture moments of 2022
— Caitlin Wang
Design Essay: Best of Design 2022
In 2022, our designers brought life to the words that would have otherwise been unaccompanied and alone, they gave color to a characteristically colorless piece of paper and they made The Daily Californian a paper one was excited to pick up.
— Daily Californian Design
Letter to my 2023 self
— Daisy Friedman
Albums of 2022: Learning to heal, recover from heartbreak
— Harol Guerra
— Vani Suresh
Leaning into it
— Sabrina Miranda