At a large wooden desk nestled in the corner of the living room in our cabin sat my grandfather. Wrapping around the wall was a shelf containing volume after volume of history books. My family looked to him for knowledge and truth; he embodied the spirit of what it means to be student of the world — always seeking, always learning.
I find it hard to imagine what some people have been through in the history of our species, but what I find harder to imagine is the fact that many living today still endure great hardship. I think that is why I’ve latched onto journalism; it presents an opportunity to give a voice to what many of us tend to forget.
For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of telling the stories of people and events on campus. I came to LBCC directly out of the U.S. Marines, where I had both the best of times and the worst of times. The service gave me an opportunity to travel around the world, which is a lot to be said for a guy from Eastern Oregon.
In taking over as editor-in-chief, I think I’m responsible for a variety of things. Most important, I’m responsible in providing our readership with accurate news and entertaining stories. The Commuter staff would be doing our community a disservice if we didn’t live up to those standards.
It has been an eye-opening experience just to see the amount of life and passion that our small community has. I’ve seen it in students entering our technical programs, to artists receiving awards for their amazing work.
One of my goals for next year is to bring more diversity to our staff. We need contributors on our team that make up the reality of our campus. It is a place full of people from different places with differing ideas, we should embody that as our school’s news source. As a way of reaching out to ALL of our students, I would like to offer my time in listening and learning about what it is that we are skimming over.
Anyone is welcome to stop by our office, second floor above the Student Leadership Council, and either apply for a position or let us know about something we can cover or improve upon.
It has been my pleasure in working with The Commuter staff this last year, and I look forward to continuing my contribution to the mission of The Commuter as we move into another year.