Editorials: Out with the old, in with the new
Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago I was typing up my incoming editorial as editor-in-chief? The time has absolutely flown by.
Just under eight years ago I nervously entered room 214A in the C-Wing at John F. Kennedy High School as a freshman with no idea of what to expect from my first ever newspaper class. I don’t remember exactly what I expected then, but it definitely wasn’t what has happened since.
I had no idea I would be named sports editor two days later. I had no idea I would cover two UFC events in the next year. I had no idea I would be named co-editor-in-chief as a sophomore and hold the position until the final day of my senior year.
I had no idea I would turn down a UC school in favor of University of the Pacific, which completely swept me off my feet.
I had no idea I would fall in and out of love. I had no idea I would meet someone who had been in Star Trek. I had no idea commuting could be as terrible as it is.
I had no idea I would become sports editor of a college newspaper for two and a half years.
I had no idea I would travel to Texas for the NCAA Tournament, watch my school in a national championship game, work for an ice hockey team (and become addicted to the sport in the process) or venture around Southern California meeting people from across the country and picking up state awards.
I had no idea being the editor-in-chief of a college newspaper would be so challenging, and yet so rewarding.
To the last point, this year has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. For this year, as well as the last four at Pacific, there are many people I must thank now.
First of all, thank you to my editorial staff for an incredible year. A big thank you is deserved for our reporters as well. Thank you for your valuable contributions throughout the year.
Thank you to the whole of the communication department, where I had some of the best times in my four years. Thank you professors Linda Koehler, Pete Schroeder and Lara Killick for making a communication student welcome in the sports department.
Thank you Alex Ruano ‘11, Allyson Seals ‘12 and Juliene Sesar ‘13 for providing excellent examples of great editor-in-chief work for me to emulate. Thank you recently married Josh Chipponeri for always offering your helping hand.
Thank you to professor Dave Frederickson ‘66 for four years of great advice and words of wisdom as advisor to The Pacifican. Thank you for your, as well as Margaret’s, tremendous help.
A big thank you to Ken and Lois Rathe, who generously opened their home to me these last two years. I hope I was a pleasant house guest! Thank you to Marji Dunn as well for helping me out during my sophomore year as well.
Last, but greatest, thank you to my wonderful family. Thank you to my grandparents, Chuck and Karen Ely, for supporting me through all four years.
Thank you to my beautiful little sister, Gabriella. I hope I’ve been a good brother, at least half as fantastic of a sister you’ve been to me.
Finally, thank you to my loving parents, Jeff and Lisa. I will never be able to properly repay all of the help and sacrifices you’ve made for me over 22 years. You’re the best parents a son could possibly ask for.
To next year’s staff, you have all the ability in the world to make even more progess than we made this year. You have an awesome leader, a young and ready staff and people waiting to help you out. Nicole, don’t worry about following the legacies of others; create your own!
My time may be at an end, but the future is ready and waiting to make itself known.
We’ve done some pretty good things in my four years, but the best is still to come. I can’t wait to see what it is.