A chapter closes

May 17, 2018


Editor-In-Chief | sjg021@latech.edu




I have always had a fascination with stories. When I was a little girl, I was rarely ever without a book so I could be whisked away into the life of whatever character I was reading about or a notebook and pen, armed and ready to create a fictional world of my own.


My love of storytelling was a major factor in my decision to major in journalism, and through this department and this publication, I gained a greater appreciation for real-life stories. Because of this newspaper, I have gotten to see Louisiana Tech and the city of Ruston through a different lens and have gotten the chance to have real conversations with people I probably never would have met otherwise.


I realize this publication has not only opened my eyes to the significance of others’ stories, but also to my own. My two years here have formed a crucial chapter of my story.


This particular chapter included meeting faculty members who have truly made an impact on my life and college career, whether they realized it or not. People like Mike LeBlanc, who was always there with wisdom, guidance and encouragement whenever I or any other member of the staff needed it and lots and lots of patience during each of my many mess-ups, or Judith Roberts, Reggie Owens and Scott Boatright, who for whatever reason, saw something in me and believed in my writing ability. I am forever grateful to all of you and feel very fortunate to have learned from you.


To the editorial staff: I do not say it nearly enough, but thank you. Thank you for all of the terrible puns, the cute animal videos, and most importantly, your hard work. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to work alongside you.


Thank you to those who paved the way before me. You set a high standard for this paper, and I can only hope I have successfully continued the work you began. Thank you to all who will come after me; your voices will be the reason this paper continues and will allow the city and the university’s stories to be told for years to come.


This is the last issue of The Tech Talk I will ever oversee as editor-in-chief. At times, the journey was anything but smooth; I will be the first to say that I made mistakes, and there are many things I could have done better. But it was during this time that I began to find my voice and the courage to do things I never thought possible before — like be at the helm of any publication — and those are things I count as victories. Personal growth happened here.


And for that, I am grateful.


Starla Gatson is a senior communication major from Farmerville who serves as editor -in-chief for The Tech Talk.


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