7 Seniors Say Their Goodbyes

Brian Neal, Sports Editor

When I began college back in the fall of 2010, I started out at JJC. Basically, it was high school 2.0—and high school was … meh. So, I decided to transfer following my first semester and went to St. Xavier because my best friend went to school there. But other than that fact, I never felt like I really belonged there, either. I also had a little mid-freshman-year- of-college crisis where I decided I really didn’t like my pre-med track and wanted to do something else. I asked myself, “What am I passionate about?” “Sports” was my answer. I decided sports journalism was worth a shot, and, fortunately, St. Xavier didn’t have a journalism program and I had to leave.

I chose to stay near home and go to Lewis, and it was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Writing for The Flyer has brought me such joy, and being on the staff has led me to meet so many amazing people. For my time here, I want to thank professors David Anderson, Ben Eveloff and Lisa O’Toole for their guidance and teaching during my three years here. I also want to thank all of the friends I’ve made here, as well as my family, for their support and company during my college experience.

I fully believe my time here has prepared me for what’s next, and I can’t wait.

Audrey Heiberger, Layout Editor

As my time at Lewis is coming to an end, I would like to remember all of the friends and people I have met over the years. From playing card games in Charlie’s Place, from lunch until dinner to playing Clue until the late hours
of the night, I will have memories of Lewis that I will carry with me.

I have had several job opportunities on campus including working in the Marketing and Communications Department for three years including the summer months, working on The Flyer, and interning for Jet Fuel Review. If I went to a bigger school, I never would have had the opportunities that I have had here at Lewis. I have also been members and held leadership roles in the Art Club, The Pulse, Students for Life, Society of Human Resource Management, pep band and Flyers’ Flyers. I have met and gotten to know several people since joining these organizations. I have also developed leader- ship skills that I will use after graduation.

I would like to thank my parents, family and friends for their support over the years. They have encouraged me to try new things and to pursue my goals. I could not have made it this far without their help.

I didn’t just go to college, I experienced college. I can truly call Lewis my home away from home.

Lauren Barnes, Opinions Editor

I can’t believe my time as a college student and being part of The Flyer is coming to an end. It is crazy to look back and think how much I have progressed within the Communications Department at Lewis University.

I remember two years ago, I received an email from Lisa O’Toole saying, “a little birdie told me you were interested in becoming part of The Flyer staff.” Thank you Tony Lyen for mentioning my name, because being part of this team has changed my life while being at Lewis. I have made friends that I know I will have for a lifetime, and that is something I will cherish forever. Not only do I want to thank the friends I have made through The Flyer and WLRA staff for being there for me and helping me to succeed and reach my goals, but I also want to thank my family. My parents, especially my mother, have been a true inspiration for me ever since I picked my career path. She has inspired me to be my own independent person and do what will make me happy.

It truly hasn’t sunk in yet that I will be graduating in May, but I do believe I have learned the right tools to make it in this world. Lisa O’Toole, Ben Eveloff, John Carey and John Kilpatrick, thank you for your help in guiding me and making me a better person within my college career. If I never received any advice or harsh criticism, I don’t believe I would be the hard-working, driven person I am today.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my college career. Although it is frightening, I am ready to receive my diploma and start a new chapter in my life, but I will never forget these four years nor change them for the world.

Saule Grybauskas, Copy Editor

Coming to Lewis University as a graduate student, I had one thing in mind: to go to class and receive my teaching certificate as soon as possible. I had already done the whole “college experience.” I lived on campus for four years as an undergrad, joined as many organizations as possible and made friends for life. I never imagined veering off the teacher path, but I am truly thankful to the people that convinced me to apply for the copy editor job last spring.

Looking back over the past two years of my life, I could not have asked for a better experience at Lewis and on the Flyer staff.

First and foremost, I want to thank Stephanie Lipinski for pushing me to join the Flyer staff. I would have never come out of my education thoughts if it weren’t for you.

Joining The Flyer staff has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. While the job can be stressful, I have truly looked forward to reading every article and spending time with each staff member on layout nights the past two semesters.

I especially want to thank Lisa O’Toole for believing that I could successfully complete my work as a copy editor while being under a lot of stress in my academic career. Thank you to all the section editors that I worked closely with these past two semesters. I have truly enjoyed being your copy editor. Thank you for being patient with me and dealing with my multiple emails and constant questions. I also want to thank the College of Education and English department. I will take everything my professors have taught me and implement them into my future classroom.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends. Without their unending support, I would have probably never made it to where I am today. I am so grateful for those who have been there with me from the start and have kept me on the path to becoming a teacher. Good luck to the new members of the Flyer staff for the fall! I know you will make all of us seniors proud.

Alex Veeneman, News Editor

Sixty years ago, the communications scholar Marshall McLuhan wrote and spoke of a global village, a village that in the age of increased technology would allow us to interact and understand more parts of the world, breaking the divides between countries, allowing for a better understanding of our global neighbors.

With a population of over seven billion and counting, this village has its fair share of stories to tell, and over the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of sharing them through my work at The Flyer.

Thanks first and foremost to my mom, who instilled in me the values of journalism, and who encouraged me despite the odds in the industry.

Thanks, too, to Dr. David Anderson, who welcomed me to the Communications Department with open arms and encouraged the work and research I would pursue here, most recently with my work at the Celebration of Scholarship.

My thanks also to Ben Eveloff, Lisa O’Toole and the many friends and colleagues I’ve worked with at The Flyer, for not just the ability to have a multi-faceted experience, but to do what I wanted to do from the start—inform, enlighten and educate the Lewis community as part of this global village. I hope I have done that.

As I file this, my 172nd and final piece for The Flyer, this poem by the late essayist Clarence Day sums up what I would like to say: Farewell, my friends—farewell and hail! I’m off to seek the Holy Grail. I cannot tell you why. Remember, please, when I am gone, ‘Twas aspiration led me on. Tiddlely, widdlely, tootle-oo. All I want is to stay with you. But here I go. Goodbye.

Ross Reed, Editor-In-Chief

It only seemed like yesterday when I was at my SOAR orientation, anxiously waiting to start this new chapter of my life. High school had been a jaded period of impressing the wrong people, never really finding a place to fit in, and I had no idea who I was at the time.

I can’t say that I’ve got it down pat, but I can say I’m having the time of my life discovering and creating myself. They say the number four symbolizes crossroads and transformation. That couldn’t be more true in my opinion. We have these four years to navigate and prepare for the next big transition–adulthood.

In these four years, I’ve had more fun than what I could ever imagine, but I’ve gone through some of my toughest and transformative lessons as well. All being said, I wouldn’t trade my experience at Lewis for anything. That goes especially true for The Flyer.

I came in as a young, inexperienced writer. My notebooks were full of short stories and poems I would never share. With the help of my great friend and mentor, Lisa O’Toole, my body of work quickly changed from poetry to press releases, PSAs and articles upon articles. That red pen did sting, but it was love pushing me to my fullest potential. I’m so grateful to have a friend and mentor in Lisa, and I hope we can meet every once in a while for some good Virgo conversation over margaritas, and chips and salsa. Coming into school, my focus was to accomplish things and be great. I told the editor-in-chief at the time, Carlo Calma, that I wanted his position one day.

Well, I got what I asked for, and I don’t regret it.

Along the way, I’ve made some very special friends I’ll cherish always. Special shout out to my Sagittarius boo, Lauren Barnes, who’s been on staff with me through the best and the worst. Through the long nights only fueled by cold pizza and Pepsi, you’ve been the best help for any of my concerns, and I know you will do great things in your future.

Another special shout out to my staff who have all been there to support me as editor-in-chief, and I’m so grateful to know you all. You all have taught me very important lessons I will take with me always. My heart is overwhelmed with love for you all and this time of my life will be one of most cherished. Until I see you all again, keep doing what you do and remember to be gone-with-the-wind fabulous! Okurrt!

Kendra Mills, Layout Editor

I am constantly being asked how I feel about graduating, but I never know how to respond. Of course I’m excited to be moving on and getting a great job, but as my time at Lewis is drawing to a close I am quickly realizing how much I am going to miss it.

When I stumbled into the Flyer office 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At times it seemed like the 3 am work nights would never end, but I have truly enjoyed every part of it. I have been so lucky to be a part of an amazing staff and know all my fellow seniors will go on to do great things. I would like to especially thank Lisa O’Toole for giving me this opportunity and being a great role model with your positive attitude. In addition, I would like to thank all of my professors in the Art department for pushing me to grow as an artist and student.

I will never forget playing “hoop ball” during breaks (even though I always took last), or our ridiculous (I mean studious) trips to Minnesota. Through all of it, I have made so many great friends on staff and look forward to our crazy adventures ahead.

Not only have I had the privilege to be a part of the Flyer, but also a member of the Lewis Tennis Team. Through all of my experiences at Lewis, I have been surrounded by amazing people and looking back I wouldn’t change a thing.

Dave Hansen, Online Editor-In-Chief

Being a part of the Online Flyer for the past three years has been a wonderful time for a handful of reasons.

My best friends at Lewis University are or were part of the Flyer in some form. Carolyn Jones could not have made me feel more welcome entering the staff than she did my sophomore year. As a junior, Michael Gates taught me not only how to be a strong team player, but also a better person. My senior year, I strengthened relationships that I know will grow beyond college.

The guidance I’ve gotten has left me feeling as prepared as I could have hoped for entering the working world. Lisa O’Toole helped me land a life changing internship. While Ben Eveloff has looked out for my best interest every day that I’ve been a part of the staff as an adviser for any life, work or school related question. He is one of the paramount reasons I am glad to say I went to Lewis University.

Thank you to everyone involved at the Lewis Flyer for making my college experience memorable.

Adam Smetana, Social Media Manager

Oh, the Lewis Flyer. I only spent a year working on you but you were fun. You let me be creative, put my ideas and hashtags to use, and let me really delve into my love of social media.

Four years at Lewis have been filled with many clubs, classes, jobs, and of course, shows. A big part of my time here was spent performing: singing and acting as part of the Philip Lynch Theatre and showing off some a capella singing skills in Harmonic Uprising. This has always been an important part of my life and what an opportunity it was.

The communications department was very welcoming me when I joined as a social media minor my junior year. I was the computer science kid who joined the web design class to further my skills, only to realize I really enjoyed the department and wanted to learn more.

Ben Eveloff was so kind to take me from his social media class into the social media world of the Online Flyer. It’s been a crazy and entertaining year as I learned all the ropes of running multiple social media accounts and hopefully giving students something to “LIKE”,”RT”, and laugh at during the week. Let’s be honest, the best part was getting to hashtags about Lewis and post memes that had nothing to do with anything. I’m excited to graduate and ready for all that is to come. Of course, Lewis taught me a lot and with great mentors helping me throughout, especially Dr. Ray Klump and Ben Eveloff, I feel prepared to do anything. #AdiosFlyers #BonVoyage #SeniorGoodbye

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