Almost four years ago I (Josey) remember sitting in my first Aviso meeting. I was nervous. I was hoping I would fit in and do a great job writing. In just a few short weeks I began to be a part of the staff. I made friends and honed my skill as a writer.
I always hoped, but never imagined I could actually be the editor-in-chief of the paper. I was shocked when Blaire Thompson, former editor-in-chief, told me to go for the position. I was very excited to take on the role of head editor alongside Alicia Meyer, copy editor, and Charley Garwood, media editor, and to bring major changes to the paper. This year, The Aviso was available in print for the first time in years, and we, as a staff, made it happen.
As the year and my time as editor-in-chief comes to a close, I could not be more proud of where The Aviso came from and where it is going. Alicia Meyer will be the editor-in-chief with Rachel Pelletier as copy editor and Charley Garwood as media editor. I am sad to say goodbye to The Aviso, but I am looking forward to keeping up with it in the future.
Josey has provided me (Alicia) a great example of gentle leadership. Even in the midst of difficult situations, Josey demonstrated a quiet strength that propelled everyone to publish the weekly edition. We as a staff have had some difficult moments, but each challenge has increased our resiliency and confidence.
Although I never could have dreamed it when I entered college, I will serve as the editor-in-chief of a weekly publication next year. It is not a responsibility I take lightly. I am overjoyed at the staff for next year, though, and I know they will help The Aviso grow to new levels next year.
We have a large, talented staff for 2016-2017, and the students represent a variety of majors. I am thrilled to see how the diverse perspectives influence our content in beautiful ways. The potential mentorships that could happen through the December graduation of two editors will build the staff for years to come, and it is a tradition I hope to instigate within the organization.
Readers should know we are exploring new ways to connect with the Malone community. We want to report what matters to students, and we want to be the student voice on tough issues.
The Aviso has a reputation for excellence, and I do not anticipate that changing any time soon.
Josey Petz is the Editor and Chief of The Aviso
Alicia Meyer is the Copy Editor of The Aviso