As the year comes to a close, it is with a heavy, yet ready, heart that we prepare to say goodbye to The Penmen Press. After four years, we have learned more than we could have ever hoped, grown more than we could have ever imagined and hopefully made an impact that will last beyond our graduation.

This year, we have given so much of ourselves to this organization, and it’s a shock that these pages aren’t dripping with our blood, sweat and tears. We embody the notion that there is a learning curve to leadership, always knowing and hoping that we can do better. It has not always been easy. It has not always been fun. But it has always been so, so rewarding.

It is at this time that we would like to thank all the people that have made this possible. We could not have done this on our own, and we are so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community.

First, we want to extend our sincerest thanks to our advisor, Jon Boroshok. The past four years have been a whirlwind, and we owe as much of our sanity as our stress to JB. Thank you for all you have done; you will always be our advisor of the year.

Next, thank you to the Office of Student Involvement and the wonderful student leaders we have been honored to lead alongside. Your hard work has given us a reason to keep striving, and we have loved telling all of your stories.

Additionally, thank you to the Women’s Center and Director Brooke Gilmore for the constant use of your space. The Women’s Center seems to have become our second home, and we are so lucky to have a place to go for all of our thousands of meetings.

Thank you to Presidents Paul LeBlanc and Patty Lynott for your constant support for the past four years. We have learned so much from your leadership and dedication to this university, and we hope we have made you proud to display our newspapers around campus.

To our staff: Thank you for spending your “free” time with us and putting in countless hours each week to ensure we meet hard deadlines and have both online and print content. We could not be the paper we are without your ideas, hard work and desire to learn and constantly improve.

Thank you for your support as we put our four-year strong vision into action, and for bearing with us as we develop our leadership skills (and make mistakes along the way).

Lastly, thank you to our readers. You have given us a purpose, and without you, our efforts would be futile. We’re fortunate enough to have expanded our readership this year to include our online followers with the conception of Access to campus news is now at everyone’s fingertips, and we’re thrilled that people are embracing these changes.

Leaving may not be the easiest thing we’ve ever done, but we are so happy to be passing the torch on to an amazing dynamic duo: Nick Klotz and Nikki Fain. There is no one more prepared for the job, and in them, we have an amazing faith. We leave you all of our duct tape and bubble gum.

The Penmen Press is always growing, always changing and always pushing itself to be better than it was the day before. Thank you for everything you’ve given us. It’s been real.

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