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A change in the weather: An Oracle farewell

Down on LRC 1 lies the windowless Student Publications office. During production weeks I would get to school at 8:45 a.m. and it would be warm and sunny. By the time I left at 2:15 a.m. the next day, the temperature had dropped 30 degrees and rained.

I began working at the Oracle last year. Some of my first-ever interviews were with Volleyball Coach Sheera Sirola and Women’s Basketball Coach Misti Cussen. I was really nervous and my questions were probably horrible, but looking back they were a good place to start.

A few weeks later I was the co-online editor helping publish stories on our website, learning copy editing skills and what makes a photo good or bad. Those skills would come in handy when I was appointed editor-in-chief last December and had to do it for the entire paper.

Deciding to work here changed me. I walked through deep valleys and climbed the highest mountains with the best people in the entire world. This is for them.

I’ll never forget going to Buffalo Wild Wings with the sports guys on a chilly October evening before the 2015 basketball media day and leaving with the nickname Nugget.

In April, I was driving downtown with our design editor at the time to the Great Plains Journalism Awards freaking out because I was on I-244, I didn’t know where we were going and I could barely see because it was raining.

A few months ago we pulled four pages of the paper on Thursday morning and had to re-layout the paper. I worked 15 hours until 1:30 a.m. But we printed a story about an event that happened Thursday night and people were impressed, so it all worked out.

We’ve eaten more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Crunch Bars and Kit-Kats this semester than I’d care to admit. And when I didn’t have any, I’d go over to the athletics office and eat theirs. The Oracle budget should just include a chocolate category.

A large portion of the editors and designers have danced, rapped or lip-synced as part of our Oracle production night “brain break” fun.

We now know how important it is to check the dateline. There’s nothing like 17 staff members spending more than an hour putting on new covers instead of watching the sun stream through the windows in chapel. It’s correct today.

Headlines are the hardest part. Seriously. We always start with some really awful ones that serve as inspiration for the ones seen in print, except when we forgot to even try headlining the CodeX Hyperloop story so the page read “Engineering Dept.” Sorry.

Some of my closest friends work here. We’ve laughed, cried, yelled and thrown dry erase markers at each other.

Sometimes in Oklahoma it’s hard to tell what season it is. Yesterday the high was 81 degrees. Today it’s 55. We can have sunshine, rain and snow in 12 hours. Then when it seems like we have one season that wants to hold on, the next pops up unexpectedly and stays for awhile. Life is the same way.

I came to ORU as a scared exploratory major who got lost going to Mrs. Garrison’s government class and was afraid of getting trampled by a 6-foot-8 basketball player (they’re harmless, in case you were wondering).

If someone told me my first day of college on Aug. 14, 2014 I would someday lead the Oracle, I would’ve rolled my eyes. I’m glad I took the job, though. This seemingly never-ending summer season has been fun, but autumn is here and I’m ready to tackle a new adventure.