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In with the new, out with the old

It is a pretty exciting thing, being handed the keys to something and told to run it. That’s about where I am right now. Even though I have known for a while that I would be taking over as editor-in-chief, now that it is this close to actually happening, the idea has become exciting all over again.

Having the opportunity to lead an organization like the VanCougar is something not everyone gets, and I look forward to making the most of this chance. The position of editor-in-chief means making my mark on the campus, and hopefully connecting in some miniscule way with everyone on campus that ever picks up a copy of this paper.

That said, being the leader of any student organization will tell you: being in charge is hard work. Several of them have, in fact, told me that. Fortunately, putting together this paper is not a job I have to do alone.  Always ready to tackle the tasks of operations is our new managing editor, my colleague “Handsome” Michael Williams. Of course, this paper would not be the same without the whole VanCougar staff, all of whom have continually impressed and occasionally humbled me with their talent, work ethic and dedication, and who I am proud to call my staff.

Even as we approach the end of the school year and all that entails, it is still important to keep looking forward, peering just over that last hill. I realize that as “getting ready for a new year” is probably the last thing anyone is thinking as I write this, with finals circling overhead, breathing fire and occasionally swooping down to snap up people whole, but I suppose that is what I am doing. No matter what, I want what comes next year to be worth looking forward to.

Most importantly, though, I want to finish this letter by thanking my predecessor, Audrey Miller. In my time at the VanCougar she has provided guidance and assistance whenever I needed it, and has repeatedly confounded me with her ability to find time for all the things she does to make the VanCougar what it is. While not everyone has seen first-hand the work Audrey puts in to the paper, it is reflected every time someone picks up a copy. If I can even match what she has done, I will consider my reign an astounding success.

So, let’s get started on some of that “astounding success,” shall we?

Rob Schubert

Editor-in-chief, The VanCougar

April 27, 2014

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