Letter From the Editor: Many thanks, GC
On moving on, moving up and passing the torch
Some say you have to graduate college and get a grown-up job to gain “real world work experience.” After experiencing the past 12 months of my life at the reins of this award-winning newspaper I would have to unequivocally and unreservedly disagree. After 24 papers I have gained invaluable knowledge that I can take to any job I hold in the future.
I’ve learned there is no such thing as “off the clock” in this industry. We’ve put the paper to bed at 4 a.m. and had to wake up at 7 a.m. to start reporting on breaking news on more than one occasion this year. This has taught the whole staff the importance of time management.
I’ve received phone calls and emails at all hours of the day and night that required immediate attention. This has taught me diligence in communication.
Every trial and tribulation and every success have been made possible only because of my amazingly talented staff, whom I now consider my family.
News Editor Aubrie Sofala has taught me what it means to be a truly ardent journalist, whose compassionate heart has led her to write some of the most touching stories the paper has published this year, if not ever. Arts & Entertainment Editor Lauren Davidson has shown more determination to break important stories than anyone I have worked with, while adding her own brand of humor to break up the stressful atmosphere of the office.
Sports Editor Sam Hunt has consistently provided this campus with fabulous sports coverage and worked unwaveringly to bring the section to its highest potential, all while being kind and courteous to everyone, which can be difficult when you are with the same small group for more than 40 hours a week. Photo Editor Kendyl Wade has shown me what it means to experience life to the fullest, while holding down three jobs and a full course load, while keeping a smile on her face.
Ad Manager Hillary Strickland’s loyalty and success has taught us all that you can do anything with the right mixture of enthusiasm and devotion.
Lindsay Shoemake will be taking over at the helm of the paper next year. She has shown her dependability all year, consistently taking on stories and helping mentor younger writers. Lindsay has an unmistakable eye for good journalism and is just the person to take The Colonnade into another successful year.