Hard work by dedicated students makes the Marcolian a success

A normal Tuesday for most Marietta College students usually involves going to classes, eating lunch with friends, a workout at the gym, and hanging with friends.

For Alison Matas ’11 (Kent, Ohio), her Tuesdays are typically spent in an office, sitting at a computer, laying out the student newspaper—The Marcolian. While most of the campus community only sees the final product on alternating Thursdays, The Marcolian staff is hard at work every day.


Every other Tuesday The Marcolian section editors—Joe Dillon ’12 (Valley View, Ohio), Stacy Frederick ’12 (Reno, Ohio), Shaina Spring ’12 (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Jordan Holland ’12 (McConnelsville, Ohio)—join Matas at different times from morning to late into the night to prepare the paper for print.


What are they doing all day? Well, the editors spend the majority of the day in the office writing headlines, selecting photos and visuals, writing captions and adjusting stories to fit onto the page.


Before this long day of work even happens, the editors meet a week in advance to discuss the next issue’s content and assign stories to reporters.


The hard work and dedication continues a few days later as the editors proofread and fact-check the stories for their section.


As the Editor for the past two years, Matas has developed a love-hate relationship with the responsibility. While the long nights can be grueling, the shared experiences with her co-workers have provided her with many lasting memories. This same sentiment has been shared by numerous past editors and writers for The Marcolian.


Matas graduates in May, so she has recently been sharing her wealth of knowledge with her fellow editors as they prepare to take the reins next year.


But for now, she and the other editors are just focused on getting through the day. A few last-minute changes and the paper is finally ready. They shut off the lights and lock the doors.


Another “typical” Tuesday is complete.