The past year has been a tricky one for all student organizations, not just TechNews, but we sure did have some specific issues to work out. The logistics of distribution to a campus whose traffic had drastically changed, changing copy and layout editing to a virtual experience instead of an in-person one, and no longer having the office in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) as a central hub for everyone in the organization to socialize and work, the organization looks very different now than it did at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. However, as the semester comes to a close and we prepare for fall of 2021, there are many changes to expect within TechNews. Not only are we hoping to return to some degree of “normalcy” in the respects mentioned above, the structure of the editorial board will undergo drastic change. All but one of the individuals currently surviving on the editorial board are expecting to graduate in May of 2021, leaving only Dan Marten, current public relations chair and incoming editor-in-chief, to bridge the gap. Be that as it may, the new editorial board, as well as the organization as a whole, are full of people who have been extremely involved in the organization and whom I have no doubt will carry TechNews forward in amazing ways. This article serves as a brief introduction of each individual taking up a position on the board.
Incoming Editor-in-Chief Dan Marten is someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with for quite a while. Jumping on the team right away in his Illinois Tech career and becoming progressively more involved and a more integral part of our team, I’m glad to see Marten take this leadership position for the organization. Marten not only has a knack for writing articles about important local issues and happenings, he has also been an invaluable addition to our copy editing team. TechNews could not be in better hands.
According to Marten, he applied for the position because he took it as an excellent opportunity to grow both as a leader and a writer-- something that I would wholeheartedly agree with. When asked what his goals were for the upcoming term, Marten mentioned that he’d like to make efforts to connect with journalism professors here at the university, and potentially other journalists outside the university, and ask for their expertise to strengthen the organization. Additionally, Marten hopes to bring back section editors, and to potentially introduce a new editing step that would help emphasize editing the content of articles.
Kevin Barrera, assistant editor-to-be, is someone who has brightened up the office for many years. Barrera has been running the TechNews Twitter for quite a while now, and has done so beautifully. His playlists are something I look forward to seeing, and his A&E articles add a unique and humorous flavor to the section. I think that Barrera has great leadership potential, and look forward to seeing what he does with the position.
When asked what his goals were moving forward in the position, Barrera said, “I'd say what I'm looking forward to the most as the new assistant editor in chief is do as good of a job as Quinn Castaneda. For the entirety of the time that I've been a part of the organization, Castaneda has been there to ensure that everything runs smoothly, under the leadership of both Alexandra Detweiler and Ethan Castro. I can only hope to only do as good of a job as her.”
Ryan Mendoza, who will be the distribution manager for the upcoming semester, is actually not new to the position. Although not the current distribution manager, Mendoza has experience with it in the previous term, and therefore I have complete confidence that he will carry out his responsibilities with just as well as he’s proved he can in the past.
“I chose to apply for the position as I wished to still be a part of TechNews even if the needs of my academic and personal life prevent me from being an active staff writer,” Mendoza explained. “I also associate Distribution Manager as a sort of direct connection to our readers. People can actively associate the position with TechNews when they see them delivering newspapers around campus. Despite quarantine making digital aspects more commonplace, the position will be important as long as there are people on campus.”
Rushali Joshi, incoming public relations chair, has been involved in our public relations committee and has been a great addition to our TechNews writers. Joshi has a gift for finding fun topics to write about, sometimes international, sometimes historical, and sometimes both. She truly adds something special to the paper, and I’m sure she’ll do great in the position of public relations chair.
Although I have not yet had the privilege of speaking to incoming Webmaster Imaduddin Sheikh, I’m glad that the organization will have his support moving forward, especially considering that the position has been sitting empty for a full term. Thank you in advance for your time and dedication!
As I prepare to step down from my position as Editor-in-Chief after two terms, it brings me a great deal of peace to see so many talented and bright people ready to take their respective torches. Those that were elected truly deserved the votes that they received, and I look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the coming term.