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Seniors say goodbye

April 11, 2014

Stevie “Stavie” Croisant

As the only senior who has been a part of the Courier all four years of college, I know it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve put off writing this editorial for that same reason—I’m not sure if I’m ready to quite give it up. It still hasn’t sunk in that I’ll have Thursday nights free now, or I won’t have my Friday morning paper to look forward to or that I may not be as close with my staff for the rest of the school year. But all end-of-the-year clichés aside, I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had working for the Courier.

Mostly, I’m grateful for the memories the Courier has given me. Whether it’s been midnight pizza runs with editors past, the last three ICPA conferences, or just the late nights I’ve spent in the Courier Cave working with everyone on this year’s staff, I am definitely going to miss all of this.

During my year as Editor-in-Chief, I tried to give the Courier a more professional feel by covering the latest campus news, integrating more local news and by following recent journalism trends in layout and graphics. Just by the comments I’ve heard from professors and administrators, I know I’ve successfully completed my goals. I may not have done everything I wanted with the paper, but the weekly feedback in my email inbox every week reminds me that I’m doing something right.

I know my successor as EIC, Cassie Burton, will only continue to further the reputation of the Courier. My biggest piece of advice for her: stir things up. My favorite articles for the Courier have been ones I’ve written that have caused an uproar, because I’d figured out something I wasn’t supposed to by asking the off-limit questions.

If someone unrightfully puts you down as a writer, just remember, you hold the power of the pen. What you chose to do with that power is up to you. My best example comes from a January 2013 article I wrote on Admissions’ decision to pull the phrase “liberal arts” from their prospective students mailing material. Keep calm as a journalist. If your interview gets heated, it’ll only make for a better story later, where you can only hope you’ll get an editorial from the person you interviewed. You’ll be even luckier if that editorial makes them look the fool. Trust me, it’s a great feeling.

As well as Cassie will do next year, I still have this year’s staff to worry about. I’ve always been the one keeping the group together in and out of Courier, and I know I will miss the camaraderie this staff has. From our Halloween dress up night at work, to our ICPA weekend together, to now—our last work night together—thank you.

To the staff: I have truly enjoyed working alongside each and every one of you. It’s been such a great year. Thank you for making my last year at Monmouth College as truly memorable as it has been. But my biggest shout out for my time at The Courier goes to Professor Angotti. You are a remarkable man in the media world, and I am honored to have been able to learn from you for four years. It’s not every day that someone has the chance to meet someone remarkable, and I’ve been able to work for you for four years. I cannot thank you enough for the skills you have passed onto me.

Chase “N Somethin” Mowery

I’ve been called a lot of things. Some people have characterized me as loud. Others designate me as unruly and rude. Some people have claimed I don’t know what I’m talking about and yet still others have praised at least a few of my statements (what’s the saying? Even blind squirrels get run over or something?). Observers have called me patient and calm. Once, I was even called.

Regardless of the many names I’ve had affixed to me over the years, there are few people that would ever refer to me as laconic.

But sometimes, and I think this Courier issue, this parting, may be one of those times, there is not much that needs to be said at the end. If it was worthwhile, I believe it would have been said (or I would have been called it).

Thus, I can only say: Thanks for reading.

Cameron “CAMF” Line

I’ve never been an academic over-achiever. Heck, I’m barely just an academic achiever. However, I’ve fooled enough people to graduate college next month. I’ve been around the block enough times that I’ve had to say goodbye a few times, but what are we saying goodbye for, anyway? It’s graduation, not a funeral!
We’re all moving on but it’s just as much the start of something as it the end. We all think we have an idea of what the future will look like. In the movie “Forrest Gump” after the Vietnam War Forrest says goodbye to Lieutenant Dan, without hope to ever see the mean ole codger ever again. When you think of all the things that had to happen for Forrest to meet him in the first place halfway across the world and then, by God, he shows up at the shrimp boat, and again at his wedding.

I think that as years go on, the riff raff falls by the wayside and the things and people that are most important stick around, or if you lose them for a while they come back. I think working with the Courier crew has shown me how satisfying it can be to belong to a group that is talented, dedicated and supportive of each other.

Our weekend in Chicago, winning nine awards at the ICPA conference will be something I’ll treasure, and would someday love to tell somebody about at a bus stop. Even though we’re a diverse group, and on paper it doesn’t seem like we would work well together at all, I think the differences we have are what brings the best out in us.

So, good riddance to all of my favorite people at Monmouth College, but don’t worry about saying goodbye because you never know when I may show up on your lawn on my titanium alloy legs.

Mike “O’ Fo Sho” Olszewski

What the heck is that? Is surrendering to the “flow” some kind of hippy dippy lingo that no one knows of? It’s actually quite the contrary. What I am trying to describe by the phrase “surrender to the flow” is the opposite of our current culture.

After growing up in an upper middle class neighborhood, attending college, working three jobs, and enduring numerous setbacks, I have come to the conclusion that we are focused on the end goal, material objects, and instant gratification. I have been told that money will make you happy. More and more I run into people that are almost physically, mentally or emotionally unable to stop what they are doing, live in the moment and be at peace with themselves.

What I am describing certainly doesn’t encompass anyone entirely. I would be a fool if I didn’t say I do or want some of these things. What has come to my attention over my short 21 years is that people lack the ability to find peace and be content. Competition doesn’t create excellence. It allows you to find your excellence.

Surrender to the flow.

Have you ever played a sport at a high level and not remembered how you scored a point, made a move or hit a shot? Sport psychology calls this peak performance: the ability to play at your highest level without interruption or thinking. You just react.

The same goes for artistic or musical creativity. You get lost in a painting, a piece of pottery, a guitar riff or writing. This is what I like to call the “flow.”

When I am in the flow I am at my best. This is where I am at peace with myself. I have a singular focus. Simply, I am lost in the process. I am not competing.

I feel it. There is nothing mechanical about this feeling. I am completely outside myself. I have escaped from the grips of realities rules. I hate rules. I think of nothing else. I am what I am doing.

Finding the flow is what I have spent a majority of my time at college doing. I have refined it. It has allowed me to be a very productive student and humble person. Finding the flow has allowed me to get away from the grips and struggles of unfortunate events. It has made me a happy, healthy, and humble human being.

My advice to people is to spend more time doing this. You don’t have to play sports or make art. It is as simple as taking a walk and truly taking in the surroundings. People need to slow down and enjoy things once and awhile. Stop, relax and smell the flowers. Find your flow.

Porscha “Chevrolet ” McCloud

I never wanted to be the senior that graduated in May and didn’t know what they were going to do after graduation. However, as graduation grows near, in 36 days, I find myself becoming that senior. Currently I have applied to approximately 75 jobs, and still I have not gotten any job offers.

My journey in college was not empty or lackluster and even though I realize I have skills that are employable, I still find myself in a panic. One thing I would have to say to the students returning next semester would be to not take finding a job too seriously. Sometimes people are so worried about finding jobs and trying to be successful right outside of college, however, as a senior nearing the end of my college career I can’t help but wonder where the time went.

I wasted a lot of job research time attempting to find the perfect job outside of college. Recently it hit me; I am not qualified for my dream job. This does not mean I do not have goals. I am just more realistic about my first job outside of college.

Instead my advice is to spend your time with friends and experiencing the campus before you leave and it changes how you feel about the college forever. I have recently been trying to explore places on campus that I had not visited since freshman year, and spending time with friends that I will not see for a while after graduation.

You always want to be the graduate that has everything together, and knows exactly where they are going. After experience almost my entire senior year I want to be the graduate that has a plan, is realistic about their near future and ambitious with their end goal.

Stevie Croisant – Editor in Chief
Chase Mowery – Features Editor
Cameron Line – Sports Editor
Mike Olszewski – Graphics Editor
Porscha McCloud – Layout Editor

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