Student publications editors named

By Hayley Burgess
Managing editor

UNCP all-American pitcher Matt McGovern
Photo by Gabrielle Lover
Nick Phillips will be the 2011-2012 editor of The Pine Needle and Maria Hockaday will be the 2011-2012 editor of the student literary magazine The Aurochs. Not pictured, 2011 2012 Indianhead yearbook editor Anna Blue.

The student publications editors for the Pine Needle newspaper, Indianhead yearbook and Aurochs Literary magazine have been selected by the Student Publications Board for the 2011-2012 year.

Rising senior Nick Phillips from Rocky Mount, N.C., was selected as the next Pine Needle Editor.

Phillips, a double-major in journalism and broadcasting, has worked on the Pine Needle since January 2009, where he started as a sports writer before being promoted to Assistant Sports Editor two months later.

He was Assistant Sports Editor during the 2009-2010 school year before becoming Sports Editor in Fall 2010.

For next year, Phillips wants to continue to supply news to the campus and also keep the sports section in the same quality it has been.

"I want to keep the success that the paper has gained over the past several years intact.

We've done a great job of supplying the news to the campus and surrounding community, and I plan to continue that trend," Phillips said.

"I am already looking forward to applying what I've learned in classes over the years, and of course, I'll still have my hand in the Sports section."

"Nick did a phenomenal job as Sports Editor, and I know he will bring the same enthusiasm and professional standards as Editor," said the Pine Needle adviser Dr. Judy Curtis.

Anna Blue is a rising junior and will be the Indianhead yearbook Editor.

Blue, a native of Swansboro, N.C., is a social work major who was a photographer her freshman year for the yearbook before becoming the Photography Editor this past year.

Blue will be brainstorming this summer for the upcoming year.

"I am looking forward to producing the yearbook next semester; I have a lot of brainstorming to do this summer.

I am also looking for new photographers and section editor positions for next year. Anyone interested can apply online at the Brave Opportunities website," Blue said.

"Anna Blue has done an excellent job as Photography Editor of the 2011 yearbook, and I'm looking forward to working with her next year.

She hopes to increase awareness of the yearbook next year using the yearbook's website, which is currently under construction, and we hope will be up and running sometime soon.

She also hopes to recruit additional photographers and work with the section editors on improving the quality of the writing in next year's book," said yearbook adviser Sara Oswald.

For the Aurochs literary magazine, rising senior and Sanford, N.C., native Maria Hockaday was selected.

Hockaday is an English major with a minor in journalism.

She has been on the Aurochs staff for the past year.

Hockaday is counting on organization to help her next year on the magazine.

"Organization is key to next year's success. I have big shoes to fill as this award winning magazine's reputation relies heavily on my leadership skills," Hockaday said.

"It was a huge compliment that so many people showed confidence in my ability to do this job. I am very grateful for this experience and I expect to learn a lot about my field of study."

"She has been a valuable supporter of and contributor to all of UNCP's student publications and brings considerable experience to her new role as Editor of the student literary magazine," said Aurochs' adviser Dr. Karen Helgeson.

"I know that she will be an excellent Editor, and I'm looking forward to working with her this coming year."