What a year it’s been

Not too long ago, I walked through the doors of The Jambar and met with Mary Beth Earnheardt and Josh Stipanovich. This meeting, while brief, resulted in my becoming a copy editor for the paper that has been the voice of Youngstown State University since 1931.

Even though I have been here for only a short time, I leave The Jambar with many fun, happy and indelible memories.

From having epic battles with Emmalee over which is better (MLA or AP), to dancing around the newsroom on production nights with Cassy, The Jambar has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my college career.

Jordan, thank you so much for telling me to apply for the copy editing position. You’re a great person, an awesome writer and one of the most dedicated and hardworking people I know, especially when it comes to doing something you love. Learn your semicolons, though.

Josh, from putting up with the play I was in last semester, to dealing with my absurd office hours, you have been a great editor-in-chief, and I wish you the best of luck in whichever avenue you choose to pursue.

Emmalee, you never cease to amaze me — I can’t believe you never had an orange before, like, last week. In all honesty, though, you’ve been a lot of fun to be around, and I know you’ll whip those new copy editors into shape next year. Oh, and you know if I find a “there” being used as anything other than a pronoun for a place, or a “healthy” where a “healthful” should be, I’ll come back and — well, I’ll just let that be a surprise.

Bonnie, are you going to miss me next year? And my many red marks on the pages? You’re a fun person, Bonnie, and I’m glad I got to meet you this year, even though you don’t say hi to me on campus. Have fun designing next year! Even though the pages will be missing my red pen.

Chelsea and Kacy, it’s so nice knowing that other musical theatre fans are on The Jambar’s staff. I loved talking to you both about “Wicked” and “Billy Elliot” and singing “Defying Gravity” a few times. Both of you had some great stories this year, and I can’t wait to see what you two produce in the future.

Marissa, from talking about “Titanic,” to discussing why you could possibly like Big Time Rush, you have been one of my best buddies here. I wish you the best of luck in your new position next year, and I hope to continue our discussions when I randomly pop in on production nights.

Lacey, congrats on your promotion! I’ve enjoyed our random talks in the back of the newsroom, as well as our copy editing discussions. You are one funny person, and I’m looking forward to having a class with you again next semester. Hopefully you’ll remember that I was in this one.

Cassy, you are definitely one of the funniest and most energetic people I’ve ever met.

Thanks for dancing with me. Our step line is great — mmm-hmm. I’ll miss not reading stories with you next year. I just won’t “know what to do.” Oh, and I’m glad you finally realized that you live on the east side of Warren. Those darn S.E. signs — they’re tricky.

To everyone else, I have truly enjoyed working with you on the production of this paper.

Well, as I wrap up this letter, I guess the only thing left to say is … See ya, guys. I hope to see you all again soon. 

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