As my goodbye to The Metro and to FDU in general, I wanted to write a love letter to the people who have made this experience the most rewarding of my college career.
See, even though many people have admittedly questioned the existence of the student newspaper, I believe that it truly is one of the most important organizations on this campus.
We might not run events and parties, but we do try to inform people on campus of things that are happening, and create a venue within every issue for students to publish their own work. Our Web site, themetrofdu.com, has become a framework for our entry into cyberspace – and my successors hope to create even more material in the coming school year that will attract student attention.
The hard work of the people who work at The Metro is not always shown, but the staff has always committed to giving the students information that is significant and timely, and most importantly, they have stuck by me through some really frustrating times.
Kayla Hastrup, the news editor, has been by my side the entire year collecting and editing information to fill the pages of the newspaper. As next year’s Editor-in-Chief, I know that she will continue to make the paper better and more pertinent to student life. I’ll miss her great sense of humor and our spirited conversations.
My friend and colleague Lorena Chouza, who has served as Executive Editor, was there to calm me down and listen to me every weekend – scratch that – every day when something wasn’t going my way. I owe her for dealing with my grouchy alter-ego several times throughout the years.
Our head of entertainment, Elyse Fetherman, has quietly been the backbone of the newspaper – always doing her part with her section and constantly improving throughout the three years she has served The Metro.
Dan Landau, our photo editor, contributed more than just his stunning photos – he also put forth his best effort to create spreads that would interest students and faculty, and has also written on several occasions.
The assistant editors, Angela Sparandera, Kristin Fulton and Samantha Boyce, all helped this semester with picking up extra assignments and supporting the editors with making changes to staff-written stories and taking responsibility for separate sections.
Although I owe a lot to the people listed above, the one person I couldn’t have done anything without would be our adviser, Sarah Latson. Twice nominated for a Maddy award, she has been one person who selflessly stood by me every weekend to support my decisions and to answer questions from a professional standpoint.
Instead of making The Metro just another student newspaper, she has truly made it a newsroom that mirrors some in the real world – and I couldn’t be happier. After so many discussions about ethics, ideas and attribution, I can’t see myself as being any more prepared for the ill-fated media industry. She is a gem among teachers – and I can honestly say that I am proud to be one of her students.
I will miss the paper more than anything else at FDU. I have had so many opportunities to meet new people and write about different subjects across the board. I’ll never forget the time I spent here serving The College at Florham, and only wish that I had one more year to do it all again.