Commentary
Letter from the editor

Honored -- Katy Murray, recipient of the George and Betty Townsend Journalism Award, and Voice editor Karon Parrish at the Dec. 3 Arts and Humanities recognition ceremony.

Dear fellow UAM students:

   I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my staff for all their hard work this semester. We’ve had a very rewarding publication and we hope that you the students have enjoyed reading the Voice. We appreciate all the ideas, stories, suggestions, and comments sent to the Voice and encourage more next semester. We are always looking for writers, photographers and Web experts, so feel free to contact the Arts & Humanities department for more information. We were able to get information out that was encouraging, funny, informative, thought-provoking and entertaining. 

   I would also like to thank Dr. Ron Sitton, our adviser, who has put in countless hours to have our site up and running on the date we agreed upon for publishing! Thank you to our administration, Dr. Jack Lassiter, Mr. David Ray and Dean Erin O’Neill for their support as well. The UAM Voice is a student publication; therefore, we are in a learning process and welcome assistance and guidance.

   During this season of hope and joy, it is very apparent that our campus community has suffered a great loss with the tragic apparent suicide of one of our students.  It is my wish that each of you that knew this young lady would take the necessary steps to seek counseling with our Counseling and Testing office in Harris Hall under the direction of Mrs. Laura Hughes. She and her staff are working around the clock to be there for the students, faculty and staff. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young woman and also to the UAM personnel who were first on the scene. They have had a major shock yet still must continue to go about their daily duties.

   Since I am not an expert on this subject, I certainly would not give advice to someone in pain. But I hope that anyone needing help would seek it quickly before making a decision that would forever change their lives as well as those left behind.

   We’ll be back in the spring with another edition just for you. Until then, from all of us at The UAM Voice, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, and a safe and prosperous New Year! 

Sincerely,

Karon Parrish
Editor-in-chief

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