Since 2013, I’ve had a somewhat advisory role with the Michigan Review, the Libertarian/Conservative student publication at the University of Michigan.
I’ve helped provide technical web knowledge when I can, intellectual guidance, and funding. I filmed it’s event with Milo Yiannapolous.
I’ve also been interviewed for the publication twice, contributed an article on the BBUM Movement and broke the news on the Jake Croman Uber Rant, which led the Review to national headlines, including Time Magazine.
I’ve cared about the future of the Review deeply because I see writing for it and participating in it’s meetings as a gateway “drug” to leaving school entirely for a bright, free thinking student who values liberty and Western civilization.
Over the last six months, I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the direction the Review was going after coming under the “leadership” of Jake Thorne. It felt that the paper was quickly falling out of touch with it’s guiding principles. Articles began appearing that either did not strongly criticize the leftwing nonsense happening on campus and around the country or subtly praised it.
After reading Jake’s article, “Do You Hear the People Scream,” in October 2017, I decided I had waited too long to speak out about this. The article was so embarrassingly apologetic, so weak, so fawning towards the campus Left that I have to assume Jake thinks he is writing for another paper.
I immediately sent this letter to Jake expressing my disgust with his work and asking him to remove himself from the paper. The footnotes and links were not in the original email but are provided for context.
From: Derek Magill
Date: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 12:51 AM
Subject: Michigan Review
To: Jake Thorne
Over the years I have written for the Review, funded it, and spent hundreds of dollars maintaining the site. I’m absolutely disgusted by the direction you’ve taken the content.
The Review was meant to be a Conservative/Libertarian publication that offered radical, differing views from the Daily and professors on campus. You’ve turned it into a blithering, middle of the road, equivocating, pompous, slumber party that is almost indistinguishable from the trash published by the Daily.
It is a place for serious, compelling writing, not a safe space for you to talk about crying and eating your feelings out with ice cream.  Nor is it a place for you to write love letters to Obama, a vicious, murderous, thief who taxed men greater than you more money than you’ll make in your lifetime.
How you came to be in “charge” of the paper is beyond me, but you had a responsibility regardless to keep the material published by the Review within its founding principles.  You’ve failed this entirely.
You should not be writing for the Review nor any publication that cares about liberty and Western culture.
Please leave the Review immediately and pass your position onto somebody who can better do the job.
Thanks in advance,
It should be noted that I asked the previous group of students at the Review repeatedly in 2016 to make sure there was a non-student who had administrative access over the paper precisely because I know how difficult passing the torch can be in campus organizations. Otherwise intelligent and passionate students fall into the laziness and indifference of senior year and all too often leave their organization with no proper leadership at all.
It appears this is exactly what happened in this case.
I’ve spoken with the former editors and both insist they never wanted Jake in charge of the paper but that it happened by default when nobody else volunteered. This is a sad state of affairs that reflects as badly on the rest of the staff as it does on Jake.
The above can be considered my official “statement” regarding the Review. What the staff and future students choose to do with it is their choice.
If any Objectivist, Libertarian, or Conservative student at the University of Michigan agrees with me and would like help or guidance moving forward, please feel free to reach out to me and I will do what I can.
 The embarrassing quote in question is as follows:
I’ve felt heartbreak. I’ve suffered through broken relationships and personal failures that churn my stomach and overwhelm me with despair. But this pain is temporary. With a pint of ice cream and a quick binge of Mad Men and BoJack Horseman, I wipe the tears from my eyes and move on.