Dear Bryant University,
As the semester begins to come to a close, I began to think about the year we had. We had many speakers visit our campus such as Ohio Governor John Kasich, Shark Tank Judge Kevin Harrington, and Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak. Our academics soared in rankings, present in Forbes and US News. The athletic teams shined, such as our woman’s basketball making it to the NEC finals, Men’s tennis completing a 4 peat champions within the NEC tournament, and our baseball team defeating nationally ranked UCONN. The Archway has been happy to cover this all. As I started cleaning out the office, I began to read previous editions that have been published over the past 70 years, and I am astonished on how much we have grown. Bryant University is on a heavy rise and we should be proud of the steps we are taking. This made me appreciate my time at Bryant and more specifically as Editor-in-Chief. Although I am not a senior and will not be departing from Bryant, I will be studying abroad in Seville, Spain in the fall, and therefore will forgo my position as Editor. It has been an honor and a pleasure serving as your Editor-in-Chief of the Archway Newspaper. I never would’ve thought after submitting my first article as a freshman in the fall of 2015, that I would have been the Editor-in-Chief as a sophomore. I am completely thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I have learned a lot from this position. It has not only opened my mind and expanded my world, but I have gained valuable experiences and lessons that will be vital in the future.
First, I would like to thank my staff. Without them, the newspaper would not be a thing. They work tirelessly every week and they help make the process easier. So Allie, Johanna, Kayla, Anna, Amy, Ryan, Eliza, Hayley, Nora, Natasha, Tim, Laura, Catherine, Shayan, Dennis, Joel, Brian, James, Chris, and Kaitlyn, thank you. To my dedicated staff writers, specifically Anthony, David, and Jacob, the archway is thankful for your contributions every week. Thank you’s also need to go to Molly Funk and Sue Zarnowski. Thank you for giving me a chance and for helping me grow as a leader and as editor. You guys taught me everything I know and I am thankful for that. I also want to thank you, the reader. Without you, we would not be an organization. You are the reason that the newspaper gets taking off the shelf. Every day, I get emails and texts regarding the newspaper, which shows me people are paying attention. I am extremely thankful for that.
The opportunities have been endless within the newspaper. I have gotten the opportunity to learn more about this campus. Whether it’s our deep history, strong alumni base, or the ins and outs of certain departments, the Newspaper made me appreciate Bryant even more. I wish the new staff the best of luck. I have full confidence that they will continue to provide the student voice to our community.
As I conclude this letter, I do want to mention the importance of journalism. Journalism is a dying breed that receives a lot of negative attention. The Archway Newspaper throughout the entire year wanted to bring the community the most honest and truthful news and bring to you the news students and staff wanted to hear. Although you can receive any piece of information through the power of your fingertips on your phone, the newspaper is still a powerful form of mass communication. You can always read a quick headline notification on your phone, but remember to appreciate the art of print journalism. To end with a quote, “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.” Henry Anatole Grunwald