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Finding a second home at The TL

27 April 2014 By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor No Comments

Now that my last production day is coming to an end, I am left with two main questions. What will I do with my inflatable pet dinosaur and will I really have any place better to be on Sundays and Wednesdays?

Over the past four years The Towerlight has turned from just an office in the Union to a second home, literally. I’ve napped on the sofa, laughed until I cried, watched Netflix and pulled all-nighters writing papers at my desk. Oh, and I worked for the paper while there. While the news section wasn’t always the most exciting (I’ve literally had cracked tiles as a highlighted story) when I was news editor, this staff has covered some newsworthy topics. I won’t forget staying in the office writing an article about Youth for Western Civilization, the beginning of what would be known as the proposed White Student Union, until 1 or 2 a.m. under then-news editor Jordan Russell. Or writing an article about the mismanagement in the University’s department of sustainability and then finding out a person in the department was let go. There are endless topics that I can now talk in-depth about, whether interesting or not, and endless stories I have from spending time with these amazing people on staff.

And I can’t forget how connected this paper has made me feel to campus. I can say that not only can I name at least the past three presidents of Towson University but I know about even the most minuscule of news events (including spilled laundry detergent that was reported in the police blotter) and know what employees to go to at the University for any specific subject. I want to thank anyone I have ever interviewed for taking The Towerlight seriously as a paper because without your cooperation we wouldn’t be able to cultivate the skills that we need to become journalists. Everyone starts somewhere and I started here, learning more than I could have ever learned in my classes. I started my column writing by being coerced into writing an editorial on one of the first personal stories I ever shared in the office: Unsuspectingly picking up a dollar with poo on it. And even got a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for the column that resulted from that original editorial. I’m extremely grateful for every opportunity this paper has provided me.

And of course without The Towerlight staff I wouldn’t have been able to grow as a writer or as a person. I consider the members of this staff my best friends. Especially editor Jonathan(Munch) Munshaw. We started from the bottom now we’re here…well we were there…and now I’m leaving and you’re there. But Brunch(Brandi-Munch) will always be a force to be reckoned with. And I’m so grateful to have been able to have my articles edited by past editors, like Jeremy Bauer-Wolf and Lauren Slavin, to see what I should be looking for in articles. And I especially am glad that Lauren found me at a Society of Professional Journalists meeting and brought me into the office. I literally have no clue what I would have done without The Towerlight. Probably just slept a lot more.

So thank you everyone and I wish you all the best as I graduate.

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