Letter from Horizons Chief Copy Editor

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By Julian O’Connor, Chief Copy Editor  

Hello, new and returning students (and parents), and welcome (back) to Embry-Riddle! My name is Julian O’Connor, and I’m the Chief Copy Editor here at Horizons Newspaper. If you’re not versed in newspaper lingo, that basically means that I’m responsible for making sure all the articles in this paper are up to snuff (and if you think they’re not, my email is on the back, feel free to yell at me), and filling out a lot of spreadsheets. A lot of spreadsheets. It’s a lot of fun though! I’m from a few places, but most recently, Goodyear, Ariz. I’m a junior in the Aerospace Engineering program, with a focus on Astronautics.  

Anyway, I wanted to welcome you all to Prescott, Embry-Riddle, and Horizons Newspaper. Prescott is a wonderful town with a lot of things to enjoy during your stay here, however long it is! If you’re reading this, I don’t think that I need to convince you of what’s wonderful about Embry-Riddle, so I’ll move on to introducing you to Horizons.  

Horizons is Embry-Riddle Prescott’s student-run newspaper. We’re a Student Service Organization, like the Student Government Association (SGA) and Board of Campus Activities (BCA). What this means is that we get some funding from SGA to operate, as long as we operate in good faith and provide an unbiased and informative source of news to and for the student body. 

This issue that you’re holding in your hands right now is our Issue Zero, an issue that we produce at the beginning of every academic year that serves as an introduction to Embry-Riddle for the new students just starting their journey here, and a source of news and information for all students, new and returning.  

Inside this issue, you’ll find information about your SGA , the Deans of the various colleges, a welcoming statement from Chancellor Karlsson, an interview with University President P. Barry Butler, information about clubs, and much more! We also feature columns and Diversions articles that give you a look at some of the content you can expect from every issue. 

However, one thing you may notice as you skim through the issue is that you’ll see a lot of the same few names repeated over and over on the bylines. Unfortunately, in the last academic year, and particularly in the spring of 2022, Horizons has had some staffing issues, for various reasons including waning interest and students graduating – which, while good for the students graduating, has left us a bit understaffed.  

That, however, is where you (hopefully) come in, dear reader. If you’re reading this paper and any part of you is thinking “this seems cool”, then both myself and our Editor In Chief Taylor encourage you to apply for a position with us! You can join the paper as a writer or photographer (or both) and we have advancement to editorial positions for both of those starting positions. If you’re interested, please email myself or Taylor (our emails are on the backpage) or come to see us at the Organization Fair at the Activity Center on Sept. 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm. All our positions are paid!  

Also, if you’re a parent or family member and want to get news updates from a student source about life at Embry-Riddle while your loved one is away here, feel free to contact our office about buying a subscription. For only $25, you can get issues of Horizons shipped to you for the entire academic year.  

Anyway, thank you for reading, and I hope to see you all around campus! Have a wonderful year!  

– Julian  

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