Thank you to fellow Gatepost editors

This academic year has been a roller-coaster ride for me.  At this time last year, I thought I had it all figured out – I was loving my English classes, I had been a full-section news editor for The Gatepost since February 2012 and was going to continue in that position the following academic year.  And I had a great summer ahead of me – I had a summer internship at Siver Insurance in Lancaster, Mass., was going to be freelancing for both The Clinton Item and The West Boylston and Boylston Banner and even helping a local elderly woman from Cuba start her memoir.

Then the fall 2012 semester rolled around and it wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t happy as an English major.  And for a while, I wasn’t sure if I was happy at Framingham State.  But thanks to a few Gatepost editors – who also happen to be some of my good friends – I figured out that FSU is the school for me, and that I’m better suited to be a communication arts major.

Kerrin: Thank you for always being there for me – when I’m happy, when I’m sad.  I honestly don’t know what I’d  do without you.  You not only helped me through what was a really tough semester for me, but you’ve made me laugh my hardest when I need it the most.  Thank you for being an incredible role model and making me want to stay at The Gatepost just so I can keep working with you!  I know you’re going to be an amazing editor-in-chief next year, but I’m already dreading what the year after will be like without you.  Here’s to another year together – let’s make it count (I know we will)!

Spencer: Thank you for realizing that I needed to talk to you about where I stood at the end of last semester.  Even though I couldn’t give you a solid answer for a while as to what my plans were for next year, our talk made me think a lot about not only my future at The Gatepost, but in journalism in general.  And I can’t thank you enough for getting our staff to the College Media Association’s spring national college media convention in New York – that experience reminded me that working for The Gatepost has helped me gain the skills I need in order to be a journalist.  You have been an exceptional editor-in-chief, and I’m going to miss you and your passion for journalism (and even your cheesy jokes), but I know you’re going to go on to do bigger and better “things” after you graduate.

Kathleen: Thank you for being the best co-news editor.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate our little talks about journalism (Gatepost) experience and trying to convince me that switching to communication arts was the way to go (you were right!).  Thank you for making me want to be the best news writer I can be.  I’m going to miss you and your Boston accent (and your bun) next year, but I know I can always read your blog, and someday, your work in Cosmo.

I’m looking forward both to my summer internship at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and starting a new year at Framingham State in the fall as a communication arts major and an associate editor for The Gatepost.

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Podcast: Confessions of two Gatepost editors about gun control

Listen to a podcast in which The Gatepost’s two Associate Editors Kerrin Murray and Joe Kourieh discuss their opposing viewpoints on the topic of gun control.

Murray and Kourieh have written opinion pieces for the Op-Ed section of The Gatepost expressing their differing positions on different topics and events like President Obama’s State of the Union Address in February.

They wrote about their stances on gun control for the Op-Ed section in the April 5 edition of The Gatepost.  Check them out after you listen to the podcast:

A gun ban simply won’t work” by Kerrin Murray and “Keep the tools of war out of our homes” by Joe Kourieh.

First podcast to come

I’ve been trying to post my first podcast, but I’ve been having some technical difficulties.

On Monday, April 1, 2013, I recorded The Gatepost’s two Associate Editors Kerrin Murray and Joe Kourieh discussing their opposing viewpoints on the topic of gun control.

They have written opinion pieces for the Op-Ed section of The Gatepost expressing their differing positions on different topics and events like President Obama’s State of the Union Address in February.

Their discussion went well and I saved the recording from my iPod nano on my computer, but have since been having trouble getting it up on my blog.  It’s currently loading in Sound Cloud for the fourth time, because it keeps failing once it’s around 32 percent uploaded.

I’m going to post it as soon as I can!

In the meantime, the associate editors have had their opinions on gun control published in the April 5 edition of The Gatepost.

Read Murray’s Op-Ed “A gun ban simply won’t work.”

Read Kourieh’s Op-Ed “Keep the tools of war out of our homes.”

Updates on the podcast to come.

An NYC first timer

When I wasn’t attending seminars at this year’s College Media Association’s spring national college media convention in New York City, I was exploring the city, which was completely new to me.

March 9, 2013

During my first night there, strolling around Times Square, I saw ABC Family “Bunheads” actress Julia Goldani Telles.  Unfortunately, I must admit I regret not asking to get a photo with her!

March 10, 2013

The next night, with Gatepost Associate Editor Kerrin Murray and my Co-News Editor Kathleen McDonough, I ate supper at Guy Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar where I had the spicy “Volcano Chicken.”  After that, we got dessert at NYC’s Cake Boss bakery.  I got a mini cheese cake with a giant chocolate covered strawberry on top, that I can only describe as divine.

While walking around, deciding what to do that night, we found ourselves at a cross walk with the Duggars from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”  We found out later that they were on the “Today Show” the next day.

View from ESB

A view of New York City from the Empire State Building.

We concluded the night by getting a view of NYC from the Empire State Building.  As cheesy as it may sound, it truly was breathtaking.  I’m so glad we went there.

March 11, 2013

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central turns 100 this year.

On our last night there, Kerrin and I walked to Grand Central Terminal, where we walked around inside and took plenty of photos.

On our way back to our hotel, we walked by the New York Public Library, where we also got some great pictures.

NYPL

The New York Public Library – beautiful even at night.

I loved the time I had in NYC.  I hope I’ll be back some day!

The photos featured in this post were taken by me.

Lee Brice: truly not ‘hard to love’

Country singer Lee Brice performs at FSU.

Country singer Lee Brice performs at FSU.

As overused as my claim is – it’s true: Lee Brice is, in fact, not hard to love.

I know, because I got to both interview him via phone and cover his performance at Framingham State University’s annual Student Union Activities Board-sponsored spring concert for The Gatepost.

A few days before the country singer arrived to steal the hearts of FSU’s country fans, I and one of The Gatepost’s Associate Editors Kerrin Murray waited for him to call us so we could ask him a few questions.

He was polite from the very beginning all the way through the end of our five-minute talk – we had originally been given a 15-minute time limit, but clearly, he’s used to keeping interviews short and sweet.

He even laughed at our last question: “Would you say you are hard to love?” He admitted that although he tries not be, being away from his family while performing is hard for them. However, his seemingly friendly personality portrayed him as anything but hard to love.

The same could be said about his performance at FSU. It was clear from the way the floor shook in the Dwight Performing Arts Center that the audience was more than impressed by this year’s spring concert headliner.

To learn more about the concert and interview, check out my article “Not ‘hard to love’” and Brice’s Q&A with Kerrin and me.

Photo courtesy Alexis Huston via The Gatepost.