Best wishes at the start of this new year! Our colleagues working in the quarter system, or those with one-month, interim sessions, return to classes by next week; we on semesters still have some breathing room to prepare our classes. On-campus interviews for tenure-line job searches are approaching, if they haven’t already happened. Entrance auditions will be completed in the next three months, and all of us will continue to work through the transition of the admission cycle moving earlier in the academic year. We may be teaching new courses this coming term, or we may be repeating some courses from the Fall, taking stock of what we learned and considering how we can tweak or rethink some things. Ensembles start learning new repertoire, students return to studios, and year-long projects resume. Some of us will be going on sabbatical, while others will continue navigating a peripatetic life in a system too reliant on adjunct instructors. So many narratives, so many systems: academe, both good and bad, is a complex enterprise.