Same game, new names

By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief

As happens every semester, The Towerlight just held our elections for editor-in-chief and senior editor. And, well, I got appointed to editor in chief.

I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I’m sitting in the office, behind the editor desk, watching as The Towerlight gets put together. Nothing feels too different.

I think it’s because I was lucky to spend a year as senior editor under Carley Milligan, editor-in-chief for the last year, who allowed me to do a lot of work and help out with the operations of the paper.

I’m also lucky to have a killer staff. Sam Shelton is going to make a great senior editor (she’s already expressed how happy she is that she gets to read and edit every story). Jordan Cope is going to kill it as sports editor, and the news section is in good hands under Sarah Rowan.

The Towerlight might have a new name at the top of the masthead, but our mission remains the same. We’re going to bring you the news and tell your stories.

Carley was great at reestablishing our presence on campus, and making us an important part of the community. We’re going to continue that this year, and we’re going to use that engagement to do a better job of telling the news.

It isn’t our job to sit up in our office in the University Union and antagonize, bully or set an agenda. It is our job, though, to hold institutions accountable—especially public institutions like Towson University and its employees.

We want to tell good stories so that we can keep our community as informed as possible. The more informed a population is, the better decisions they’re able to make.

But it’s a collaborative effort. As much as I love this staff, we’re limited in size. You can always come in and apply to join. If that’s too big a commitment for you, you can write a letter to the editor that we’ll publish. You can comment on our website or tweet at us.

Most importantly—tell us if there’s something happening on this campus that we should know about. If your group just raised a bunch of money for a worthy cause, we want to know. If you feel like something happening at the University is unfair, we want to know. If your roommate just did something really cool, like bike across the country or hike the Appalachian Trail, we want to know.

Email me ([email protected]) or pop in our office (UU 309) to talk to someone about what’s going on and we’ll see if it can make a story.

But, to echo President Kim Schatzel, please, don’t mention parking. Everybody already does.

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