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Sunday, April 21, 2024
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A letter to our readers and graduating seniors

Left to right: Anthony DeCicco, Andrew Lauricella, Grant Ashley
Left to right: Anthony DeCicco, Andrew Lauricella, Grant Ashley

Dear readers,

For many, The Spectrum is just the newspaper you walk by and never pick up, the articles you see on Reddit and the Instagram posts that keep popping up on your timeline. 

But for our 10 departing editors, it’s so much more than that. For them, it’s family. 

Like any tight-knit college club, we’ve bonded over late nights in the office, going out to Slick’s on Thursdays, taking naps on the office couch, watching “The Hangover” to “prepare” for interviewing Ken Jeong and working together on something we care about. Sure, it’s never the easiest job — sometimes you wind up covering a crime scene, going to a tense protest or, God forbid, asking random students for their opinions — but through it all, we always have each other. 

To our editors: We are so proud of each and every one of you. You’ve all grown so much as writers, journalists and, most importantly, as people. Some of you have become the people we’ve always known you were, and some of you have surprised us. But we’re proud of you all the same. Not only have you all been the best coworkers we could’ve asked for, but you’ve also become our friends and family. Thank you for making this an unforgettable experience for us.

It’s with more emotions than we know what to do with that we’re sending 10 amazing, talented and compassionate seniors out into the world. We’re sad to see you all go, but we can’t wait to see what you do next. Never forget what you’re capable of. 

To our readers: thank you for supporting us. It makes our day when we see a student on campus reading our paper or hear someone talking about one of our stories. You’re a large part of the reason we do what we do, and our email inboxes and office door are always open to your feedback. We’re sure next semester’s staff will continue to “actively and ethically pursue all news of the university.” It’s been an honor serving you.

You can read our departing seniors' goodbye columns here:

Anthony DeCicco, Grant Ashley and Andrew Lauricella have served as editor-in-chief, managing editor and assistant managing editor, respectively, since fall 2022. This is their final column together.

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Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m. 


Grant Ashley is the editor in chief of The Spectrum. He's also reported for NPR, WBFO, WIVB and The Buffalo News. He enjoys taking long bike rides, baking with his parents’ ingredients and recreating Bob Ross paintings in crayon. He can be found on the platform formerly known as Twitter at @Grantrashley. 



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