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Editors chosen to lead student publications

By Hillary Akers
Around the Town Editor

April 26, 2012

Photo by Nick Phillips
Student publication editors for 2012-2013, from left, Shanetta Monk, Indianhead yearbook, Kelly Mayo, The Pine Needle (spring 2013), Mary Hunter, The Aurochs, and Allyson Betot, The Pine Needle (fall 2012).

The Student Publications Board chose Shanetta Monk, Mary Hunter, Allyson Betot and Kelly Mayo as student editors of the three student publications for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Indianhead

Monk, a senior from Fayetteville, N.C., was chosen as the editor of the Indianhead campus yearbook. She has been working on the yearbook for three years as a staff member and section editor.

"My goal for next year is to enhance student involvement and school spirit," Monk said. "The yearbook will be like a social network in a way that is creative and customized."

Another goal Monk has set for the Indianhead is to be more involved on campus during events and normal days with photo opportunities and updates on what the students, faculty and staff want.

"I'm very excited to be chosen as the new Editor-in-chief," Monk said. She said that working with the yearbook and Professor Sara Oswald, the Indianhead faculty adviser, has given a lift to her resume and has progressed her closer to her dreams.

"The yearbook is important, and my goal is to keep students and staff interested and eager to pick up the next issue," Monk said. "It only comes out once a year so everyone should want a piece of UNCP to carry with them for the rest of their lives."

The Aurochs

Hunter, a rising senior from Monroe, N.C., was chosen as the editor of the Aurochs literary magazine. She has worked for the magazine for a year.

Hunter's goal for next year is to raise campus awareness about the Aurochs.

"I don't think all UNCP students are aware of the Aurochs' existence," Hunter said. "If they were, then perhaps more people would be interested."

"Sharing one's talent is as important as creating it," Hunter said.

"If I can get more students to recognize their peers' talents, then I can say I accomplished something," she said.

Hunter also said she wants to continue to embrace the campus's diversity, and she hopes that the literary magazine can represent the student body through their poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art.

"We need to spread the word about the great things we do at UNCP," Dr. Canada said.

The Pine Needle

In an uncharacteristic decision, the Student Publications Board chose two students for the position of editor for The Pine Needle.

Betot was chosen as editor for the fall semester with Mayo as managing editor. After Betot graduates in December, Mayo will become editor for the spring semester.

Betot, a senior from Cary, N.C., started working for The Pine Needle in the fall of 2010 as a contributing writer.

She worked her way up through positions, such as proofreader, copy Around the Town section editor and Campus section editor, which she currently holds.

"I would like to create the best newspaper in the time I have as editor," Betot said. "I'm graduating in December, so I would like to leave a smoothly operating team when I leave."

"I'm very honored and excited that the board chose me for this job," she said. "It's a great feeling knowing that other people have faith in you."

Mayo, a rising senior from Fuquay Varina, N.C., has worked for The Pine Needle for two years, working her way through multiple positions including sports writer, assistant News editor and News editor, which she currently holds.

"My main goal is to preserve the quality of writing and photography we have had despite the loss of our seniors," Mayo said. "I think next year will be exciting and terrifying as graduation creeps closer and more seniors graduate mid-year."

"I plan to take everything I've learned from Nick (current editor) and everything I will learn from Allyson, and apply it to the paper when my turn comes up in January," Mayo said.

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