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Mace & Crown | May 25, 2017

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Graduation Reflection From the Technology Editor

Ross Reelachart
Technology Editor

I started with Mace & Crown when a friend, and then staff member of the Mace, showed me they were holding an interest meeting. I was interested because they had free pizza. So I entered the room, got my free pizza and listened to the writers and editors pitch joining the student newspaper. Curious, I offered to write an article. Two years later I’m graduating from ODU as Technology Editor for Mace & Crown, interviewing students to take my place and working with them to ensure the future of the paper. Suffice it to say, it was quite the fateful slice of free pizza.

I had always enjoyed writing on my own time, whether it was reviews or creative writing, but I had never written for a newspaper and I was certainly not a journalist (I’m a CS major). But the Mace taught me everything I needed to know along the way, and I experienced so much that will prove useful later in life. I met new people, attended a couple of conventions, interviewed some really cool people, buffed-up my résumé with management and leadership experience and also wrote a thing or two along the way. If nothing else, it’s really cool to have my name on published material out there in the world.