Pat Bradley ’14 Sports Editor’s Farewell Letter

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Pat Bradley ’14, Sports Editor 

For a long time as a kid I thought I could play professional basketball. When I got cut from my high school’s freshman team, those dreams sort of shattered. While I still think a 5-11 white kid could make it in the NBA, over the last four years my beer belly has grown to be slightly larger than my free throw percentage, ultimately ending my hopes of being a basketball star. If I can’t play sports, watching the athletes every day and writing about them is the next best thing.

To me, writing is an outlet. I can stop everything I’m doing and engross myself in someone else’s world, someone else’s story and forget about life for a while. I can say in writing what my heart feels and what my brain tries to comprehend more legibly and eloquently than I could just standing around babbling. When frustrated, some people yelled into pillows as kids; I wrote love songs, poems, journals, and stories. There’s just something about the written word that accesses a unique place in our hearts and minds, and that’s special.

Sports are the same way. It’s not just a game. Sports provide things you don’t find almost anywhere else. There’s nothing like 40,000 fans cheering at once, blindly believing in the face of adversity that their team can push the winning run across. It’s the way time slows down as a ball sails towards a fence or a hoop. It’s the moments like when the entire TD Garden sang the national anthem before the Bruins’ first home game following the Marathon bombings last April, a scene both somber and full of healing at the same time. Sports are a journey, a lifestyle, and an escape full of love and passion, and that’s something special too.

Writing and sports intertwine at one of the deepest places of my being. Having the opportunity to write about sports is a blessing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible form of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore

As one of my favorite quotes from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter describes perfectly above, words are magic. In the past two years, The Beacon has given me an outlet, an adventure, a place to heal, a place to share my thoughts and speak my mind. I’ve been blessed with the ability to let my passions bleed onto the pages you’ve read, and that’s something I can’t explain entirely in words what it means to me. This newspaper and its readers have given me someone to write for, an opportunity to do what I love, and, hopefully, the chance to put some magic into your lives, even if just for the five-minute escape you have while reading one of my stories.

To our faithful readers, my editors, adviser, writers, colleagues and friends, thank you. To the athletes, coaches, and administrators that let me ask you questions and tell your stories, thank you.

The final buzzer may have sounded on this chapter of my life, but I’ll always remember where I started.

Jess Raver ’15 Design Editor’s Goodbye Letter

Jessica Raver ’15, Design Editor
The past year has brought about a new life to The Beacon. This can be attributed by and large to the fresh new editorial staff. Schuyler, Pat, Kara, Ashley, and Alex have taken a good thing and made it great. In simply taking a glance at any one of the issues of this year’s Beacon, the change is evident. This is a staff that strives to put out a paper that any Merrimack student would want to pick up and read. In addition to that, they’ve made the newsroom a fun and lively place to be. It was incredible working with them, and I will miss them all come graduation. Good luck to our seniors, The Beacon will not be the same without you.


Spring Weekend Festivities

Lance Hill ’15, Staff Writer 

Kan Jam and Corn Hole. Football and Franks. Basketball and burgers, but most important, warm weather. That time of year has come again, Spring Weekend! This is the time of year where traditionally the campus comes together to celebrate our successes and look forward to the commencement of our fellow seniors. We also count down the days that get closer and closer to summer. Along with Spring Weekend, there are always events that are put together across the campus for everyone to enjoy. These events included: A Variety Act by the magician Mat Franco, a campus wide Cash Cab and movie night featuring “The Goonies”, and our big annual Spring Concert that hosted The Plain White T’s and A Great Big World. Along with these big events, we had many more things to do that include student creating teams to compete in the big annual softball tournament and a Throwback Party with great music and games, and much more! With the new additions to the campus, our student body wasted no time in utilizing the new spaces and having fun in the sun. You had students having fun in the Deegan-Ash Quad playing a lot of games, The New Residence Halls were packed with students enjoying the warm weather along with the Townhouse-Monican Quad where you had people grilling and playing music. Also, the apartments always have lots of people hanging out with one another.

Questions On The Quad

What are your plans for next year?

Judith Theriault ’14
I want to be an elementary school teacher.

Heather Hook ’14
Medical school

Stephan Lockwood ’14
Law enforcement

Jordan Heywood ’14
Hopefull playing professional Hockey

Kevin Regan ’14
Plan on being a probation officer or working for Philadelphia Rec. CENTER

Ana Veras ’14
I plan on work for an advertising company.

Schuyler Watkins ’14 Associate-Editor-in-Chief’s Farewell Letter

This past school year with The Beacon is memory I am happy to have. I have not only learned more about myself, but those who I worked with weekly. I owe a big thank you to the other editors,Jim, as well as staff writers and the readers. I have enjoyed my time with everyone and wish the next Beacon crew good luck!

-Schuyler Watkins


Karamarie Joyce ’15 Editor-in-Chief’s Goodbye Letter to 2013-2014 Editors

picKaramarie Joyce ‘15, Editor-in-Chief

Schuyler, Ashley, Pat, Jess, Alex, and Jim have made my first year as Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon unforgettable. We all entered this year clueless of how to handle to the huge responsibility of producing a newspaper, and came together as a team revamping The Beacon in its entirety. I am genuinely so sad all of you are moving on and wanted to thank you so much for making this year such a success and enjoyable experience overall. You are all such intelligent and amazing people, and I can’t wait to see what you all do with your lives, this is just the beginning of greatness for all of you. I am going to cherish the last two stressful yet hilarious semesters we shared together, and all the memories we made on Tuesday and Wednesday nights staying up until 2am editing articles and creating the layout of the paper.Congratulations to all of you, and I wish you the best of luck in the future!

Ashley Yenick ’14 Copy Editor’s Farewell Letter

Ashley Yenick ’14, Copy Editor 

Ever since I could remember, I wanted to be a writer. In elementary school, I would write creative short stories about anything—I just wanted to write something. When I had gotten to high school, English became my favorite subject and I immersed myself into the world of writing. I began to obsess on new information and new technology that I could find. Years later (and many short stories later), I decided to feed my passion further by becoming a staff writer for two different websites: University Chic and Sweet Lemon Magazine. However, I saw a window of opportunity last year when I received an email to join The Beacon. ashleyyenick1

After interviews were conducted for new positions on The Beacon, I received an email that I was chosen to become Copy Editor of The Beacon for the 2013-2014 school year. I can’t begin to describe the amazing experience and the amount of gratitude I have to have been able to serve as an editor this year. I learned so much about the world of writing, newspapers, and how much effort goes into making a successful newspaper. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to write and edit for The Beacon. I’ll never forget all of the memories that we made as an editorial team travelling to San Diego and Los Angeles to attend the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention.

This quote by Ray Bradbury encapsulates everything that I love about reading and writing:

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”–Ray Bradbury 

Bradbury’s quote describes what it means to be a writer. Writing everyday putting your nose to the grindstone investigating stories and fact-checking makes you appreciate every article that you write and edit even more. Being crazy for writing is a good kind of crazy. When I write, it’s like a rush of adrenaline—it’s like creating a new masterpiece that you get to showcase to an audience that they get to see/hear for the first time.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to write for The Beacon this year and to have been an editor. I’ll take this experience and insight that I’ve learned with me as I travel into the next stage of my career into the real world. Thank you to the editors, Jim Chiavelli our adjunct professor, writers, and readers of The Beacon for making the newspaper so awesome.


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