7/21/2019 Fall 2014, Issue 1: September 4, 2014
Campus LanternFall 2014Issue 1
September 4th, 2014
News:Lie Afer the Lantern
Opinion:Saety on Campus
By Miles WilkersonSports Editor
By Kevin JacobsenFormer Managing Editor
Lie Afer the Lantern
Why are you part o thenewspaper club? Arent newspapersdying? It is a question I was askedmore than once during my time at
Eastern. When I was just a resh-man with only a vague sense o whatI wanted to do with the rest o mylie, I decided to join Te CampusLantern because I liked writing.Tat was it. I had never actuallywritten an article in my lie but Iknew I liked writing and I wantedto write movie reviews and rantabout bad reality shows. I knewthat newspapers were dying andall the apocalyptic rhetoric attachedto why writing was a bad careermove, but I didnt particularly care.
I wrote my articles ev-ery two weeks, sending them in ontime and with a little too much en-thusiasm about seeing my name inprint. Te first ew weeks o seeingmy name under an article about thelatest Harry Potter movie or a list othe best V shows o the year wasgenuinely exciting. I applied or anassistant editor position under theArts & Entertainment section by
the end o the school year and woundup getting the job or my sopho-more year. I learned how to ormata news section, where to place cer-tain articles and most importantly,how to unction as a small but stillimportant member o the team.
As a junior I was promotedto Arts & Entertainment Editor andthen Managing Editor in my senioryear. As I went up in rank I becamemore and more invested in the Lan-tern to the point where I would stayextra hours just to make everythingperect and to hang out with my elloweditors, each o us committed to cre-ating the best newspaper imaginable.We had op 10 lists about the averageFacebook user, controversial comicstrips and a ull exploration into thepros and cons o Zooey Deschanel. When senior year came to a
close, I really did not want to leave theLantern behind but I knew my collegeexperience would not have been thesame without it. Knowing that theprospect o getting a job at a newspa-per would be slightly unlikely, I start-ed investigating online journalismand ultimately ound a site I had nev-
er head o called Enstars, an online-only entertainment news publication.I interviewed with the boss and usedseveral crazy stories rom my ouryears at the Lantern to prove that Ihad what it took to work with a teamo writers and editors in a ast-pacedenvironment. I wound up getting the
job, and I have remained there sincegraduating rom Eastern in 2013. Being a reelancer writerand now editor or Enstars wouldnot have happened had I not been apart o the Lantern. Working with theLantern allowed me to write aboutwhatever I wanted, or the most part.It gave the opportunity to grow as awriter and get a job where I can stillwrite about bad reality shows andcontinue to ponder the qualities oZooey Deschanel. It is not necessarilyan easy road, but putting in the hard
work and writing about what I love isa big part o what got me to where Iam today, with a salaried position ona growing online news publication.Newspapers, in the physical orm,may be dying, but journalism is stillneeded out in the world now morethan ever. Being a part o the Lan-tern was a perect stepping stone or
As a reshman at EasternI wasnt sure what I wanted to do asan English major. I had a passionor reading and writing but as aras careers went I had no idea howto apply these into an actual career.Ten came Te Campus Lantern.
I signed up to be a staffwriter during my second semesterand ended up being assigned to theOpinion section. I had a blast inter-
viewing my classmates on their opin-ions on everything rom MVs omis-sion o music to the affordability ocollege tuition. From there I becamean advertising manager, then theNews Editor, and eventually Editor-In-Chie during my senior year. TeLantern taught me how a newsroom
worked and how to work my wayrom the very bottom o a workplaceto the top. I learned how to layout,publish, and print a newspaper romtrial and error, which is somethingthat now stands out on my resume.
Afer I graduated I was ac-cepted into Quinnipiac UniversitysJournalism graduate program. My
application primarily consisted oarticle samples o my work at TeLantern. I I had not worked with theLantern I would not have had sam-ples to show my prior work in the
journalism field. Getting into grad-uate school relies heavily on worksamples and field experience andnot just an undergraduate degree.Te Lantern really helped securemy spot in the Quinnipiac program.
Besides being an asseton my resume, I also ound someo my best riends rom beingpart o the Lantern. As Editor-In-Chie, my editorial team was likea amily that I looked orward toworking with everyday. Te Lan-tern made me realize how muchI truly loved journalism. Finding,planning, and writing a story bi-weekly was not like a homework
assignment; instead it was exciting.From my graduate pro-
gram I secured a summer intern-ship at WFSB Channel 3 where myexperience in print helped me betterunderstand broadcast. Journalism is
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By Ashley KusFormer Editor-in-Chief
Willimantic Polices New ArmoredVehicle Brings Protection, Controversy
During the BoomboxParade, Willimantics annual In-dependence Day celebration,there were a number o floats andparticipants who threw candy toyoung children standing on thesidelines. But there was also a lessinnocent, more controversial, ve-
hicle rumbling down Main Street. Te Willimantic PoliceSWA team received an MRAP,or Mine-Resistant Ambush Pro-tected, rom the US Army. TeArmy is in the process o decom-missioning hundreds o military
vehicles afer de-escalation in Iraqand Aghanistan, and thousands osmall-town police departments arereceiving major military hardware. Te vehicle has been turn-ing heads, and causing some to askwhy a police department in the so-called Quiet Corner o Connecticutneeds an armored vehicle that canresist shots rom a .50 caliber rifle.
Te vehicle transer is apart o the 1033 Program, a measurethat allows the Pentagon to give lo-cal police departments surplus mili-tary equipment at no cost to the de-partments themselves. Some argue
that these departments are not suffi-ciently trained to use this equipment. In an interview with theNorwich Bulletin, Officer StanParizo Jr., the leader o WillimanticsSWA eam, justified the depart-ments acquisition o the MRAP bytying it to the citys long-runningdrug problem. But we have a loto narcotics here, a lot o high risk
warrants. We have the need here,and now we have the equipment. But some believe that sup-plying small police departments withmajor military hardware will givethem license to use it in inappropri-
One month ago, Fergu-son, Missouri was aced with theunjust killing o Michael Brown bypolice officer Darren Wilson. Overthe past ew weeks, our countrysattention turned to the violent up-roar ueled by the publics displea-sure with the way the police orcehandled the events that unolded.According to reports by USA o-day and the New York imes, this isa timeline o events that occurred:
Saturday, August 9th A call comes in at approxi-mately noon about a robbery at theQuick rip convenience store. Onthe officers way to respond, he en-counters Michael Brown and a riendwalking in the middle o the road. Eyewitness accounts o the conrontationbetween Michael Brown and OfficerDarren Wilson, who is not nameduntil one week afer the shooting,vary, but it results in Browns death.
Sunday, August 10th Te St. Louis Country Po-lice Chie says in a morning newsconerence that Brown physically as-saulted Wilson, yet admits the teen-ager was unarmed. Te same day, Mi-
chael Browns parents hire the sameattorney who represented the amilyo rayvon Martin. Later, the can-dlelight vigil to honor Brown turns
violent when riots begin. Businessesare vandalized and looted and morethan 30 people are arrested or not
protesting peaceully.Monday, August 11th
It is announced that theFBI will open up a civil rights inves-tigation into the shooting o MichaelBrown. Tat afernoon, MichaelBrowns team, which includes hisparents and attorney, holds a pressconerence where they appeal or astop to violence and demand jus-tice or their son. Later, the NAACPhosts a widely attended meeting orcommunity members and leaders.Overnight, West Florissant Avenuein Ferguson is once again floodedby violent protesters. Police orcesuse tear gas to disperse crowds. Bythe early morning the next day, 15
arrests have been made.
uesday, August 12th Afer the St. Louis CountyPolice Department states that the
imeline: Shooting o Michael Brownin Ferguson, Missouri
ate situations where nothing morethan a first responder is needed. An increase in high-profileincidents, including the shooting oan officer in June o 2013 and a stringo shootings over the last week, hasmade some believe that hardware likethe MRAP is necessary even in small-er cities such as Willimantic. Temajor shooting incident in June is
what spurred the procurement o theMRAP, and 2013 saw nineteen SWAcalls in the town, making it the SWAteams busiest year. Te vehicle mayalso be used in other towns in EasternConnecticut, including New London.
By Jessica DeFeliceNews Editor
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a very competitive and harsh attimes which I experienced aferbeing yelled at by advertisersand even readers o the Lan-tern. I believe that the Lanternis a successul stepping-stoneor anyone who wants to breakinto the journalism field. Nomatter i you want to be behindthe scenes, a writer, or in ronto the camera, this business isall about experience and theLantern is a great place to start.
It has been a year sinceI graduated rom Eastern and Iwill be receiving my masters
degree in Journalism in a ewmonths. While my degree inthe field will help in job pros-pects, my extensive hands-onexperience has been key in get-ting a position in the business.
I encourage anyonewho wants to get into journal-ism or communications in gen-eral to join the Lantern. It wasand continues to be the best
job I ever had. I would not haveknown what I wanted to dowith my lie without first expe-riencing the Campus Lantern.
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College is whatever youmake o it. Tis is something Ilearned in my time at Eastern. Someo you have chosen Eastern becauseyou have wisdom well beyond youryears and know you can get a greateducation or a lower price. Othersmight have parents who know youcan get a great education at a lowerprice and decided or you. I am will-ing to bet that a lot o you all in thelatter category. I know I did. When Ifirst came to Eastern, the last thing onmy mind was paying loans. I wantedto go to the anciest college I could
find, even i it meant being indebtedto the government or orty years. Iam writing to tell you that this mind-set changes so ast; you wont evenknow what hit you. As I mentioned abit earlier, some o you are wise be-yond your years, so you dont needto hear this. However, the remain-ing 98% o students should read on. Ill admit, I was no brilliantscholar. At graduation, there was noasterisk next to my name. I wasntcalled up or an award or asked tospeak on behal o my class. No pro-essor ondly remembered the time Ispent talking to them instead o rush-
ing back to my dorm to nap betweenclasses. Not to say these things are notsomething to strive or, but, just one
month afer graduation, I was actual-
ly juggling job offers. I had to choosebetween two marketing coordina-tor positions, a manager o two hugegrocery stores in a beautiul area, or apublic relations officer or the Houseo Republicans in Hartord, C. I de-cided to take the marketing coordina-tor position that would allow me totravel the world. (Im headed to Nor-way in a month!) Pretty cool, right?
When people tell you thatyou need to do something that sepa-rates you rom the bunch while job-searching, they dont mean color codeyour resume, or spray it with ChanelNo. 5. Almost every person who in-terviewed me started with the ques-
tion, ell me about you. Tis personis not your therapist. Tey dont wantto hear your lie story. Tey want tohear who you are, right now, on thephone with them. You are a recentcollege graduate with experience in x,y, and z. I you cant fill in x, y, and znow, you need to get started. Not oncewas I asked about my GPA. Why?Tis was because my resume tolda story. It said I was a hard workerand knew how to apply my skills. Itshowed that within three years, I wentrom a writer, to an editor, to Editor-in-Chie o the Campus Lantern. Itshowed that I used the experience oanswering phones, writing concisestories, and leading a staff to get aninternship with a prestigious lobby-
ing firm in Hartord. (It definitely
helped that one o the coounderswas Editor-in-Chie o her collegenewspaper as well.) It showed thelobbying firm saw my potential andasked me back the ollowing year.None o these things happened eas-ily. But, when I realized how good itelt to succeed, it became addicting. Im not saying joining theCampus Lantern is going to makeyou the most popular kid in school.Its not going to get you a girlriendor boyriend, or make you amous.(Although, I guess you never know.)However, I will say this: I would nothave my job without the Lantern. Tenewspaper gave me so many things I
can never thank it enough or. It gaveme structure and a schedule. It taughtme how to use InDesign and otherAdobe programs. It taught me how tocondense inormation into one, con-cise news article. It gave me an amaz-ing support system through the dedi-cated people who work there; peoplewho became some o my best riends.Te list goes on and on. I can onlyhope, when you find yoursel in yourearly twenties, sitting at a computer,filling out job applications, that youwill be able to fill the Experiencesection with ease. You might justbe able to i you can remember thatwhat you do today can greatly affectwhat you do or the rest o your lie.
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