“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today- Malcolm X
I always love bringing the UB student body issue after issue of the The UB Post and writing my Letter From the Editor is part of the joy of producing each issue. It is with bittersweet feelings that I write this one. While I wanted our staff to have one last issue of the year, our budget doesn’t allow for us to do so, making our April issue the final one until September 2015. That is unfortunately not the only reason that this letter is so difficult to write. After two years of being with The Post, first as Public Relations Manager and Staff Writer and Photographer, and for the last year and a half as Editor-in-Chief, it is time for me to say goodbye to this institution that I love so much and to The Post, which I adore and fear has given me more than I’ve given to it—I’m graduating.
While I’m excited for the road which lays ahead (likely law school), I am also saddened by the one that I leave behind. For me, The Post has been my creative outlet, my excuse for not being able to attend weekend functions I really didn’t want to attend in the first place, and a sense of family. The students that make up the talented staff of The Post are one in a million and without their tireless efforts month after month, the student newspaper at UB would cease to exist.
Robert Summerville, our Production Manager, is also graduating. I can’t say enough about Rob; he keeps me grounded and sane and he’s always there to offer support when I feel like we’re about to drive off a cliff as we near production weekend. He is an incredible artist, designer, and all out creator, and I will miss our monthly collaboration sessions.
Keiya West, our Business Manager, and newest member to our staff, is also graduating and will be pursing law school in the fall. Keiya is an amazing friend and co-worker; she is the friend that you can call at 3am with no questions asked and she’s there. She is intelligent and passionate about making the world a better place and she loves her family, which is what drives her every day to be the person that she is. Her joining The Post is one of the best decisions I ever made as Editor-in-Chief. She has gotten the business department organized and caught up on things that were idle due to the vacancy in the position before her arrival.
Lawanda Johnson, our ever reliable Online Editor, will be the only member of the Editorial Board to remain after the end of the semester. She is an amazing editor, incredibly creative, and a workhorse if I’ve ever seen one. Any task that I’ve ever asked of her, she does it, whether her job or not, with a smile, expediency, and efficiency. She is any publication’s dream employee and I will miss her dearly. I know that this kind of transition can often be difficult, but if anyone can handle it, I have no doubt, that person is Lawanda.
With the departure of some many key members in our foundational structure, it leaves many holes that need to be filled in order to sustain ourselves and thrive. We are currently hiring for our next Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Business Manager positions. You must be organized, great with time management in order to meet constant deadlines, and possess strong leadership skills. Details about each position can be found on our website. Interested applicants should send resumes and writing samples (for those applying for editor positions) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d like to wish all students good look on their finals in a little over a month and to all those graduating, best of luck in your future endeavors, whether they include continuing your education or starting or continuing in the workforce. Graduating with any kind of degree is a huge accomplishment, a testament to your perseverance, dedication, and faith in yourself, and deserves to be celebrated. Congratulations Class of 2015!
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