by Kenneth Todd Ruiz
Editor in Chief
With this semester’s final round of deadlines and air shifts coming to a close, three students in the communications department stand poised to take charge next semester.
Cassandra Campos, Matt Paulson and Chrissy Zehrbach – all seasoned veterans with semesters of experience in their media of choice – will bring fresh leadership in the Fall.
Overseeing the University’s slice of the airwaves at 107.9 FM, Campos, a junior, will make the move from production director to program director of KULV. Campos, who has already staffed the radio station for four semesters, said her extensive experience will prove invaluable in bringing her crew up to speed.
“It will be an all new staff and I’m going to be teaching everyone how to do things,” Campos said. “But I want everyone to enjoy what they are doing and not have it feel like it’s a class.”
KULV adviser and professor of communications Mike Laponis said Campos was the right pick for the job.
“She knows the ins and outs of all aspects of the programming department,” Laponis said. “She’s able to help everyone and will lend great help to the music and program director.”
Putting his name and editing skills to the pages of the La Verne Magazine, Paulson will take the seat at the head of the long table in the Arts and Communications Building.
“It’s an honor to be appointed after one semester on the magazine,” Paulson said. “I really don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into yet, but I’m excited to find out.”
Paulson, who served as fall 2003 editor in chief of Campus Times, said he wants to take an active lead with his staff and predicted his biggest challenge will be the final push to get the magazine out at semester’s end.
“Matt is a consummate professional,” said George Keeler, professor of communications and magazine adviser. “He’s going to bring a high level of professional leadership to our publication. Our students highly respect him, and so do I.”
Campus Times readers are set to enjoy the weekly columns and uncompromising standards of newly appointed editor in chief Zehrbach. Zehrbach served as editor of the sports section for two semesters before stepping up to the plate for her new position. The newspaper now holds a 4-for-4 record in appointing sports editors to the top job.
“My biggest challenge will be that my emphasis has been sports and I will have to look over the whole paper, venturing away from my comfort zone,” Zehrbach said. “But it’s a real compliment to me and my work to know that the department deems me worthy enough to head the publication. I can’t wait.”
Elizabeth Zwerling, assistant professor of communications and Campus Times adviser, said Zehrbach’s leadership and interpersonal skills made her the obvious choice.
“She is very effective at motivating the staff she works with,” Zwerling said. “She has been able to bring out the best in staff writers as sports editor. She’s a talented editor and a strong leader.”