‘Together, we are The Vermilion’
I remember in middle school I’d take notes in my green composition notebook about murders in New Orleans, the weather and Ray Nagin’s political nonsense — anything that was covered on the channel 6 WDSU news, and then I would tell my friends in school while we ate our pancake and sausage on a stick. Now at 21, I’m the editor-in-chief of The Vermilion after working as a staff writer, copy editor and web editor last year, and I also intern at The Acadiana Advocate. I’ll graduate in May in journalism.
I guess you could say I’ve stepped up my game since I was 12.
And I love this paper. I love everything it stands for. It’s voice of the students, delivering news that the students should know about. It’s not just the positive press release stuff. Sometimes there’s budget cuts, there’s break-ins, prominent faculty members and students make mistakes that are important to know and understand. And then there’s opinion pieces and columns, the direct voices of fellow students.
I promise this year to do everything within my power to provide the best, most informative, unbiased paper I can. We work for you, the students. Not the faculty, not the administration — you. Our paychecks and printing costs are directly paid for by advertisements just like The Advertiser, The Advocate and any other newspaper, which eliminates any possible bias with the school. We’re not tied by any obligations other than to provide unbiased content, and I will continue to make sure the students are given just that.
The only agenda I have is to make sure the students are informed about what’s happening, and I have a hell of a team with me.
My right hand man is Devin Cochran, my managing editor and a senior in journalism. He’s also an orientation leader when he’s not being a bulldog writer. He’s sharp as a tack and as nice as they come, and I’m so grateful to have him on my team. He’s a dreamer.
Chelsea Yaeger is heading culture, which is responsible for all of the columns and opinion pieces. She’s wise beyond her years, and I’m sure she’ll do a great job finding students to share their stories and opinion in our pages.
My copy editors are Crystal Morgan and Kailey Broussard. Crystal is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, and she was one of the best students in last year’s editing class. The only person who did better than her graduated, so technically she is THE best. Kailey is a sophomore, and has already won awards for her feature writing. She’s also another one of the hardest working people I know, and she tackled anything and everything that was thrown at her last year.
Then there’s you, fellow students. If you see something on campus, or hear something through the grapevine that you think The Vermilion should know about, write me a letter. Email, Twitter, Facebook — doesn’t matter. Stop by our office even; we’re located in a white house on Johnston across the street from the math building. Send us feedback about what we print because that’s the only way we’ll know what we need to work on.
This year, we’re hoping to bring big things to the paper and to you, so make sure to pick yourself up a copy or check out the articles on thevermilion.com.
Together, we are The Vermilion.