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Three strangers became sisters
Posted May 19, 2006

Nila Priyambodo
Editor in Chief

It has not hit me yet, but this week will be the last week I will step into the Arts and Communications Building as a writer, reporter and editor for the Campus Times. Yes, after five semesters on this publication and after seeing my fellow editors move on, my time has finally come to an end.

I have spent two and a half years of my life in this place I call my second home. On some days I’m here from one in the afternoon until seven, eight or even nine at night. Then sometimes on Thursdays, I’d get here in the early morning and not go out until dark, often never seeing the sun.

Despite the long hours, I truly enjoyed my time with the Campus Times. I’ll miss laying out pages on Wednesday nights, editing stories on Monday afternoons and writing stories over the weekend.

But with the end of my journey here, I will especially miss production days every Thursday. Not only are Thursdays copy editing days for the paper, they’re also a time where the writers and editors have had their best laughs. At least for me, anyway.

I will miss Bryan’s song writing and Machu Piccu jokes, Bailey’s soap opera conversations, Chrissy’s journeys to the Bowl House, Amby’s goofiness, Eric’s impression of Kevin Federline signing “Popo Zao,” Angie’s gangsta jokes, Laura’s basketball conversations, Andres’ headline brainstorming, Matthew’s “Ghost Hunters” conversations, Tom’s wild outbursts and Matt’s “uh-yeah” impressions.

However I will truly long for the Thursdays where Valerie, Tracy and I (who we have renamed ourselves to be the “CT Trio of Trust”) can let loose and have our crazy antics. This includes watching clips of “California Dreams,” “Saved by the Bell” and “Legends of the Hidden Temple”; annoying Valerie with rice comments; singing incredibly cheesy songs like “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “Kokomo,” “Bailamos” and “Rhythm of the Night”; and having conversations about reality television shows like “American Idol,” “Project: Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

For me, the Campus Times isn’t just an opportunity to have my work published and have the experience and knowledge of putting together a weekly newspaper. The Campus Times has also allowed me to share laughs and some of my best memories with my friends.

I’ve had an incredible time writing for the Campus Times and I’m proud to be a part of this publication. I’ll never forget all of the memories we have created in room 118.

Next year will be a great semester under Nicole’s reign. She has been a fabulous writer and editor, and she will be a fantastic editor in chief.
I remember stepping into the Campus Times room as an intimidated freshman, who did not know what she was doing. And now I’m stepping out of this room as a senior, still intimidated of the much bigger and real world, but a little less intimidated of the Campus Times.

I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for the people in my lives including Eric Borer for always helping me out of a layout rut, Elizabeth Zwerling and George Keeler for motivating me and pushing me to be my best, my friends for cheering me up when I get too stressed out and my family for supporting me.

I just have a few words for anyone planning or thinking about being a part of the Campus Times. Take advantage of it and get as much as you can out of it. Do not just see it as a class that is mandatory to take in order to graduate. It’s so much more than that. It’s not just a learning experience. Get a few laughs and memories out of it as well. I have and it is one thing I do not regret.

Nila Priyambodo, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at npriyambodo@ulv.edu.