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Priest: Let me hear you

By Danny Priest

We made it. The last edition of The Springfield Student newspaper for the 2018-2019 academic year here at Springfield College.

It’s been a great year for the paper, but personally I am particularly excited because in two of our last three editions, we have had guest columns.

Shaun Simoneau and Jay Sophalkalyan each wrote their own pieces. Simoneau focused on the topic of men aiding the feminist movement, while Sophalkalyan wrote about the involuntary assimilation international students must face at Cheney dining hall.

Before I say anything else, I want to say thank you to both of them. Thank you for stepping up. For starting a dialogue. For getting your voice out there for others to hear.

The year is coming to an end, but I want to keep this level of energy and contribution high moving into next year.

This newspaper is about YOU, the reader. Whether you may be a Springfield College student, faculty member, staff, or someone not affiliated with Springfield College at all.

I want to hear YOUR voice.

If you feel passionate about any topic at all, go and let it be heard. I promise you that whatever is on your mind is not too big or too small.

This is a student newspaper, and I would love to have voices from more students inside our pages.

I’m extremely proud of my fellow editors, and I feel lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to work beside them this year. The same goes for all of our beat writers and reporters.

But anytime there is a chance to get someone else’s voice out there, let’s do it.

I can guarantee you that you will not be turned away if you want to put a piece in the newspaper.

Positive stories, negative stories, thought-provoking ones, I want to see all of it.

We are here for you. And while we enjoy putting out content for our readers each and every week, if you want to hop in and be a part of it at any time, please do so.

Simoneau and Sophalkalyan were the first steps into getting more people involved. They can be the examples.

I’m proud of both of them for stepping up and writing, and they know that they are welcome to do it again anytime.

But let’s not stop at two students.

Let’s get more.

More students, more faculty, more staff, more stories. All of it, big or small, is going to generate discussion and help people get their voices out there.

This is a student newspaper for a reason. You can be the audience just as much as you can be a contributor.

Let your voice be heard. In the end, it’s going to be worth it, and it will make a difference.


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