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Publications Board selects student editors for 2008-2009

By Kayla Pearson
Assistant News Editor

Photo by Tashieka Hammond
The Aurochs Editor Stephanie Hammond and The Pine Needle Editor Christian Felkl read their respective publications.

The Student Publications Board on March 31 selected junior Christian Felkl as Editor of The Pine Needle and graduate student Stephanie Hammond as Editor of The Aurochs for 2008-2009.

Felkl moves up from the current position of managing editor for the newspaper. Hammond will resume her current position as The Aurochs editor.

Both faculty advisers believe in the capabilities of these two leaders.

“I have absolute confidence that Christian will assemble a dedicated team that will take the newspaper to even greater accomplishments. He has been an active member of the campus community, serving on committees and boards as well as a resident director for housing. I know he will take his leadership role as editor of The Pine Needle very seriously,” faculty adviser of The Pine Needle Dr. Judith Curtis said.

“I am delighted that Stephanie Hammond has been selected by the Student Publications Board to continue as editor of The Aurochs next year,” faculty adviser of The Aurochs Dr. Karen Helgeson said.

“As editor of the magazine this year, Stephanie has worked hard to promote the magazine and to encourage students to submit their poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork for publication,” Dr. Helgeson said.

Dr. Helgeson said Hammond has enhanced the magazine with her own creative vision.

“I could not ask for anyone to be more dedicated and conscientious than she has been this year, and I know she will continue her excellent work as editor of the magazine for the 2008–2009 academic year,” Dr. Helgeson said.

Both editors are equally as excited.

“I am extremely excited that I have been selected to serve as a student editor again next year. The experience that I have gained as a result of my time as a student editor this year has allowed me to learn and grow in so many ways,” Hammond said.

“...I must admit that being a student editor is not an easy job; however, I would not take away any of the sleepless nights this position has required of me,” Hammond added.

“I just can’t wait to get started and am looking forward to the new year. We’re going to be trying some exciting new things that could make our paper one of the best in the UNC system,” Felkl said.

Felkl has plans to increase the size of the paper from 12 pages to 16. He is also looking into podcasting, wikis, blogs and a facebook group to increase readership across campus.

“I want to make it a better paper, show that I am one of the best editors. Our staff can handle it and have that gratification of putting out 16 pages,” Felkl said.

“It will take dedication, hard work, perseverance, a great staff, a team effort and communication,” he added.

Hammond plans to apply all that she has learned this year and build on this year’s achievement of printing color artwork for the first time.

“...There are more students with voices to share and stories to tell,” Hammond said.

“As a student editor, I value student voice and truly care about what students of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke have to say,” Hammond added.

An Editor for the Indianhead yearbook has not yet been selected by the Board.

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