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Vision announces new editorial staff

As the semester starts to wind down, the boxes will soon be piling up in the Vision office.

For those who are unaware, we will be packing up our things in the Gabhart Student Center above the cafeteria and moving across campus.

While it is strange to be relocating, we are excited to be part of the new Dining Academic Center and will start to transition into our new location over the summer.

But it’s not the only transition that the Vision will be making within the next few months.

And so with that in mind, it is my pleasure to announce the Vision editorial staff for the fall.

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Kirk Bado, a junior politics and public law major, will take over as editor after previously serving as senior news writer. He has extensively written aboutBelmont Student Government Association and Kappa Sigma fraternity as well as a powerfulcolumn on counseling services.

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Riley Wallace, a sophomore journalism major in the honors program, will transition from copy editor and into the managing editor role. She has written several art and entertainment features including aboutJudah and the Lion appearing on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and a certainTaylor Swift mashup that swept the Internet.

Emily Proud, a senior journalism major, will continue to act as sports editor. She is the anchor and co-producer ofBruin Blitz, which was recognized as Best College Sports Program in the state. Proud has also expanded multimedia coverage of the sports department with hergame packages.

A new addition to the staff this year, Brooklyn Penn will serve as copy editor. Penn, a sophomore journalism major, has written pieces ranging from themeal plan changes to theSGA credit-hour survey.

Andrew Hunt, a senior music business major in the honors program, will become business manager and photo editor. Hunt traveled with the men’s basketball team to theNCAA Tournament and covered Belmont’sshowcase series.

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Grayson Hester, a junior journalism major, will be our new senior features writer. He has offered a closer look intoGreek fraternities and sororities on campus and at how the university is reexamining itsstudent hiring practices.

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Senior Sam Cowan will be another new addition to the editorial staff. He steps into the role of senior sports writer. The mass communication major has covered Belmont’s excitingOhio Valley Conference semifinals win over Eastern Kentucky and the athletic department’s annualBattle of the Bruins fundraiser.

Will Hadden, a senior journalism major, will serve as senior news writer and cover thecrime beat. Hadden examined how campus security is revamping itsbystander intervention program.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know these talented individuals over the past few years and months. I respect them as my colleagues and know what they are are capable of doing for the Vision next year.

I have no doubt that everyone will continue to produce excellent journalism and more importantly bring a voice to the students. They care about those on campus and the university itself more than anyone else I know.

And I couldn’t think of a better staff to pass along the Vision to for years to come.

Editor Courtney Martinez is a senior mass communication major.

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