As I reminisce on the events of this semester, I realize how blessed I’ve been by the people who encompass our circle of editors here at The University Leader. I have heard some horror stories about crazy co-workers and even crazier bosses.
However, I am lucky enough to have no such tales to speak of. The four other main editors are amazing people, and I am fortunate to call them my co-inhabitants of Malloy 106.
Editor-In-Chief Andrew: Our fearless leader. Andrew runs the show. If you know him at all, you know he’s probably the least likely person to get upset about, well, anything. He doesn’t get riled up or mad often, and the few times I have seen some sort of outlandish emotion, it was very effective for the desired result. As my boss, he is helpful and respecting of my views. I have never had him try to control my “territory,” and he’s always ready to assist on page layout or AP Style.
Plus, I just have to say, he is really the bomb at Spanish. Me tambien? Not so much. Which is why I sit next to him in class. Muy bien. He also makes little comments that aren’t for comedic effect, but probably because he isn’t trying, are hysterical.
Arts and Community Editor Michelle: This is Michelle’s last hurrah. She will be graduating and moving to Michigan with her fiance … far away from her first love, The University Leader. What can I say about Michelle but that she taught me everything I know. Well, nearly everything. OK, everything about InDesign? Close enough.
We are desk buddies in the corner of the office and hide behind a giant partition away from the accusing eyes of the world. I’m getting slightly dramatic. In actuality, we just like to sit back there and giggle about things. She can always make me laugh and when I’m having a bad day, just has to say “I heart your face,” and everything is fine again. I am going to miss her a great deal.
Sports Editor Klint: There has never been a better sports editor. Yes, I may be slightly biased. However, I really haven’t met too many people who have a stronger work ethic and dedication to their field. Klint is at every home game, some away ones and stays late at the office on a regular basis. Actually, that’s all of the editors. Anyway, since I don’t have a vested interest in sports, I greatly admire his vigor and desire for the game.
He is passionate about FHSU athletics and will take every article on himself before letting one fall to the wayside. Also, Klint is really funny and has a sort of scattered existence, lending itself to frequent statements that leave me smiling.
Leisures Editor Mallory: An extremely talented artist, Mallory joined the staff this semester and brings personality, as well as ability, to the table. Plus, she has tilted the scales so the female editors outweigh the males in the office. Touche. While her page appears to require slightly less work than the others, Mal always sticks around to keep me company while I plug away.
She is constantly cracking jokes or doodling on the nearest piece of notebook paper. It’s pretty standard for her to share food, as well, and that’s always going to move someone up a few notches in the ranks. Her artistic eye sees things that I do not, and that is inspiring, as well as interesting.
Let me also throw in a shout-out to the copy editors. Michelle and Alexandra are two of the most entertaining people I have ever witnessed work in front of a computer. They can make a comedy show out of mundane material and edit like fiends. As English majors, they both have an extensive knowledge of grammar rules and abstract words. Plus, they combine dry, sarcastic and just plain bizarre to create a unique sense of humor unlike I’ve seen elsewhere.
And so, all of this is to say that I adore my fellow editors and they make every minute spent in the office more enjoyable than before. Although we are all very different people, our personalities combine to produce a great product, in my humble opinion. This would be the place to give my opinion, correct?