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Meet the Editors
Jenny Pinther, Editor-in-Chief
Writing and reading are gifts.
Today you read the Echo, Augsburg’s college newspaper. After being chosen as Editor-in-Chief at the end of last year, I felt excited and scared, as I feel with any position of leadership.
I still feel this way now, after a summer of sifting through the Echo email account, hiring a few new section editors, and losing a little sleep. Mostly, however, I feel empowered by this incredible opportunity.
What you hold in your hands or read on a screen is a work created by students. We have this gift of a free press on campus, where we can shed light on the darkness and create a dialogue with which other mediums cannot compete.
You may just read the Echo for the horoscopes or to glance at the movie reviews, and that is great. At the same time, I hope that you think of the Echo when you think of places you can go to when you need to know the truth about a rumor, or a place you can go when you want to express your opinions.
Many people refer to opposing views as “both sides,” but as many have pointed out before me, this is a false dichotomy. I want this paper to be a place where not both, but all sides are represented to the best of our ability. I did my best to hire a strong staff where we can help make that happen. But we need help, and you are the person for the job.
Don’t let this paper go unnoticed. Writing and reading are gifts, and so is this ability to have a free press. We can say things our professors can’t, and we have a responsibility to share the truth.
I hope I haven’t been too serious. Please come talk to me if you need someone to listen. Just know that if you talk to me, I’ll probably try too hard to make you laugh, and then I very well might try to recruit you to write for the Echo.
Kesang Olsen, News Editor
Hey Echo readers! My name is Kesang (Kessi) Olsen, and I’m your news editor this semester. Some of you might know me as the previous Echo opinions editor or through other student groups and on-campus involvement, but here’s a little about me. I’m a junior studying communication and English, with concentrations in mass media and media writing. In addition to creative writing on my own time, I especially enjoy covering international news stories, greatly because of my life prior to college.
When people inquire about where I’m from, I have some difficulty giving a short, concise answer. I was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, but my childhood was mostly spent in a rural area in the northeast corner of Iowa. I attended the American International School of Cyprus for middle school, and moved to Guatemala City, Guatemala for high school. Now Minneapolis is my home!
Through these experiences I’ve come to greatly value diversity of perspectives. Every student on campus has a unique background, and this semester I hope to aid in broadening the Echo’s population of readers and writers.
If there’s something going on around campus that you find newsworthy, please don’t hesitate to stop by and chat with me or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Can’t wait to read your submissions!
David Saunders, Sports Editor
Hello, dedicated reader(s). My name is David Saunders and I am the new sports section editor. As some of you may already know, I spent the entire last year as a staff writer for the sports and opinion sections. I am a senior this year and will be graduating with a double major in political science and English literature. This is only my second year at Augsburg, as I was a transfer student last year from a tiny school in Wisconsin called Ripon College. I play in the jazz band here at Augsburg and also play for the golf team, this semester excluded. I have been fascinated by all sports for as long as I can remember, with a specific interest in hockey, golf and football.
As editor I plan to make a few changes from the set up that last year’s editor Paul Hallgren had in place. First, I plan to change the way we go about Augsburg sports coverage, as well as the professional sports of our state. There will be more regular updates of standings, important stats and transactions, as well as a more thorough presentation of each and every team at Augsburg. I would also love to have as much contribution from our student population as possible. Anyone who has questions, concerns, contributions or complaints will not be turned away. My personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact me anytime.
I will do my best with this new responsibility and try to keep up the quality reputation that the Echo’s sports section has built over the years. I do hope you’ll be patient and understanding for the first few weeks as we get everything figured out. I have an enormous passion for sports, and by the end of the year I hope that you will too.
Abeni Hill, Opinions Editor
I’m Abeni Hill (I am known to most as Abi), your opinions editor this year. I am a senior and my major is mass communications and journalism with a minor in Spanish. I was a news editor during my sophomore year, and I am excited to switch and see how life is on the non-objective side of the newspaper.
During this time last year I was studying abroad in Seville, Spain, and while it was an amazing experience, I am glad to be back at Augsburg. Through traveling and living in different parts of the world, I have gained a greater, richer worldview. Living in an entirely different culture has allowed me to view things differently. Living in societies that may not always be politically correct has taught me the importance of speaking up.
My life experiences have shaped my way of thinking and I have come across many different perspectives. I have learned that nothing matters more than having your voice heard.
I would like my opinions section to reflect the population of the student, staff and faculty at Augsburg. The Echo wouldn’t be the great outlet to human expression it is without a variety of perspectives. One of the main reasons I started writing opinions was to have my experiences recognized. The only way your story is going to be told is if you tell it.
If you would like to submit an opinion, don’t hesitate to email me (Abi) at email@example.com
Atlese Robinson, A&E Editor
Hello, all. My name is Atlese Robinson, and I will be the A&E editor for this year. I am a junior, but I have not been here for three years, as I was a transfer student last spring. I am a theater and English double major who possesses an incredible passion for writing and all things arts and entertainment. Beyond my life as a student at Augsburg, I am a spoken word artist and up-and-coming playwright. When I grow up, I plan to have my own theater company where the basis is social justice theater. Reading, sports, food and laughter are among my favorite things. I am very excited for the fruition of this year and I can’t wait to see the greater development of student-driven work.
Mary Klecker, Features Editor
My name is Mary Klecker and I’m taking over the back page this year as the Features section editor. When you flip over here, you can look forward to crosswords, advice columns, horoscopes, comics and the Auggie Update, a catchall for highlighting campus events, student organizations and anything else I think you’ll find interesting.
Here’s a few tidbits about me: I am a sophomore English major. I love to run and compete on the cross country and track teams for Augsburg. I am an avid chai drinker. My go-to Einstein’s order is a pumpkin bagel with honey-almond cream cheese and my middle name is Mae. The most important part for you, though, is that I love the Echo and am thrilled to be here for you this year! Stay curious and stay tuned.
Anya Cleaver, Managing Editor
My name is Anya, I’m a senior, and I’m a political science major. I love writing for the Echo, and I love being an editor, too. We are always looking for new writers, so do not hesitate to contact one of the brilliant people above me to submit something for their section!
Little bit about myself: I’m from England, my family moved to Minnesota when I was 12. My accent disappeared when I was high school working as a telemarketer, so now I love to surprise people when they ask about my hometown. Regardless of that, I do still consider myself English, through and through.
Last year I worked as an intern with Minnesotans United For All Families, and it was the best experience. Through that I found my love of campaign work and the drive that goes along with it. Following that, I spent a semester studying in Berlin, and it was through that time that I really figured out a lot about myself and what I want with life.
I love being an Auggie, and I’m so happy that I have this college and this community to spend my undergraduate years. The Echo is a huge part in that for me, and I’m so glad to be a part of this editing team.