I spent much of the time during my
own four years as an Ithaca College undergraduate working at the
Ithacan as a writer, features editor, and finally editor in
chief. I remember staying in the office until 2:00 a.m. with pneumonia
to write headlines for my section and wrapping up an issue at 5:00
a.m., only to stay in the office to start a class assignment due
by 10:00 a.m. that day. Nearly three years later, I'm back in 267
Park Hall, visiting the current students who work on the paper.
At 11:00 on
a Wednesday night, editors of the Ithacan sit around like
ER docs waiting at the ambulance bay for victims of a 10-car pileup.
The office is eerily quiet; the temperature seems to have dropped
a few degrees. In just 13 hours the same editors will be sitting
in class half asleep while 5,500 copies of the paper make their
way into the hands of students, staff, faculty, administrators,
right now editor in chief Michael Bloomrose '02, absent-mindedly
toying with a Slinky, walks from his office in Park 268 to the newsroom,
just one door down, to check on the progress of the last few pages.
The faint smell of the bubble gum he's anxiously chewing follows
him. Managing editor Kylie Yerka '02 studies a checklist taped to
a tall, metal cabinet. Each of the list's 32 rows represents a page
of the paper. Editors initial spaces in the columns to confirm when
stories are in, copyedited, laid out, and proofread. If the final
square is filled in with yellow highlighter, it means the page is
pasted up and complete.