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COLUMN: What to expect from your Fall 2019 CM Life editor-in-chief

Evan Sasiela and Dylan Goetz pose for a photo before covering a women's basketball game in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Washington. Courtesy Photo | Darcy Orlik

What’s up, everybody? I’m Dylan Goetz. 

I am your Fall 2019 Editor-in-Chief. I want to take an opportunity to introduce myself, ask for your support and encourage interaction between CM Life and  our readers.  

I am your Fall 2019 Editor-in-Chief. I want to take an opportunity to introduce myself, ask for your support and encourage interaction between CM Life and  our readers.  

First off, I think you guys should know a little bit about me. A was a Senior Scholar at Orchard View High School in Muskegon. My first taste of journalism was reading the announcements at a daily morning show in high school called “Cardinal News Network.” I’ll never forget hosting a highly-anticipated rock-paper-scissors competition live between two of the school’s most favored teachers and being mocked for my shoddy commentating skills for the next four weeks. 

I have worked at Central Michigan Life since the first weeks of my college career. I wandered up to the fourth floor of Moore Hall for an open house. I thought I had a slim chance at grabbing a sports writing job. 

Former Sports Editor Andrew Surma gave me that opportunity as an unproven reporter and I made the most of it. By year two, I was hired to be assistant sports editor. In Spring 2018, I was promoted to sports editor. In Spring 2019, I was appointed community editor. 

CM Life has fueled my passion in journalism. I have spent countless nights in the office arguing over the Oxford comma, studying the AP Stylebook and debating whether the Detroit Lions will make the playoffs or not. CM Life is the only reason I have ever been on an airplane (to cover the historic 2018 women’s basketball team). 

The opportunity that CM Life presented to me was the reason I came to CMU. 

Over the past three years, I have spent so much time in the office in the past three years that I should probably pay rent. Now, my experience has given me a unique opportunity as I start to close-out my career as a Chippewa. 

In the Fall 2019 semester, I will be starting my senior year at Central Michigan University. I study Journalism in the College of Arts and Media. By the time I start my term as editor-in-chief in August, I will have internships at the Kalamazoo Gazette and Grand Haven Tribune under my belt.  

As editor-in-chief next semester, I will lead Central Michigan University’s largest student publication as it celebrates its 100th-year anniversary. 

Our history is full of great journalism, incredible photography, innovative design and amazing people. I am honored to continue the great CM Life tradition. 

I will fully embody our mission statement: I will strive to present balance, accurate coverage of events in and around the CMU community, maintain a positive office environment that breeds efficiency and great journalism and represent CM Life at the highest level. 

I encourage you – our readers – to keep following CM Life. Engage with us through social media, letters to the editor and guest columns. Utilize CM Life as what it is — the voice of the student body. 

We are journalists, but we are students, too. We care about the same things as every other student. 

Let’s hold those university administrators and Mount Pleasant leaders accountable, together. Let’s create a beneficial, rewarding experience, together next year exploring the issues that effect our campus. 

Let's advocate to make CMU the ideal place to call home in the state of Michigan.