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Senior Goodbye Column: Working in a pandemic

When I arrived at Otterbein’s campus as a senior in high school, I knew it was the perfect place for me. I look back on that day and wonder where the time has gone. How am I already about to graduate? How am I going to live without Otterbein and the Communication Department? 

It is crazy to believe that we are still going through a global pandemic. My time with T&C was anything but normal. I was sent home multiple times, experienced an election, somehow wrote stories for the sports beat and managed a staff of reporters.  

When I first took the copyediting class for T&C, little did I know what kind of path it was going to lead me down. It was my first class with Dr. Warren, and I had met the editor-in-chief at the time, Katie Frame. From the start, the two of them were by my side up until my last day as EIC.  

Katie Frame: I don’t even know where to start to be honest. I am so glad I was able to teach you a great deal of things that you will be able to use for the rest of your career (no need to thank me now). Just kidding. You taught me a ton of things, like learning exquisite grammar rules, managing story structure and operating CEO. I am grateful to have had you as a colleague and friend over the last two years. I hope to be one of the first to read the draft of your first fiction (yuck) novel. 

Dr. Warren: You know, I heard a lot of talk about Dr. Warren before I took a class with her. A lot of it had to do with her being stern or mean. I believe that to be quite the opposite. Dr. Warren, there was not another professor in the Communication department that I wanted to learn from other than you. You taught me how to be diligent with my writing, committed to working on stories until I thought they were perfect and how to be independent when it came to work. You taught me a great deal of responsibility and I will always value what I learned from you. Thanks, Doc.  

There are so many more people I could thank from T&C. Mike Moon, Steve Rossman, my past reporters and even those who I worked with as a reporter, especially you, James Lasher. Thank you all for making my time at T&C productive, memorable and special.  

I believe that T&C is in a great spot with the current staff. There could not be anyone better than Ty Forney to lead the organization. I have always marveled at the way you write and articulate stories.  

I was truly blessed by T&C Media, the Communication Department and Otterbein. 

Sorry I did not write as much as Katie. 

Again, thank you. 

Ian Gillen, Otterbein c/o 2022 


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The Wildcard Weekly Rewind with Ellie Newman (April 27, 2022)

On this week's rewind, hear about The Promise House Swipes Program and Hannah Brown's thoughts on racial equality at Otterbein.


Here's Ellie's Top 5 Things to Look Out For:

1. Thursday, April 28: The Doggie Destresser will be located outside the Otterbein Library from 12-1pm

2. Friday, April 29: The COVID Testing Center closes

3. Saturday, April 30: Women's Tennis will be competing against Mount Union at 1pm

4. Saturday, April 30: Softball will be competing against John Carol at 1pm and 3pm

5. Saturday, April 30: Baseball will be competing against John Carol at 1pm


Have a great summer! Tune in again during fall semester for more Wildcard Weekly Rewinds!


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