Nasser Al-Qatami

I never knew that after I graduated from high school, that I would venture into college only to realize that being a part of the campus paper is more hectic than the academics.

I still don’t know why most of us CTers spend the majority of our week in this untidy basement newsroom when we can party instead. However, when the paper comes out Thursday we knew that our uncredited and unappreciated work is worth it.

For that, I have Mansi to thank for dragging me into the most dreadful year on campus – my year as a features editor for CT, but somehow it is the year that made me learn so many crucial life lessons. And without Megha Ambati’s creative genuis we would be nowhere.

Thanks to Kara for always being there and Todd for taking care of us and the paper for so long. Additional thanks to people who made my life better and more fabulous, if possible, my sisters, Nafees and Oscar. My girl Daniella and the Pride Network peeps.

Thanks to everyone who made the music column possible, like Mariah Carey said, “And if it wasn’t for the music, I don’t know what I’d do.”

Thomas Paris

I have this small space, so I’ll be brief. This year has been long and I’m coming back for another – but I’m still technically a senior so I get this space.

It has been good. Thank you to everyone who made it so. ?

Megha Ambati

After 4 years what have I learned?

AppleChancery ain’t as pretty as I thought. the CT has taught me so many lessons than I can ever count. Mansi, Todd, kara, Nasser, Joan, Dave, from he beginning, what a journey is has been! Remember theere are many more memories to be had. To all the new monkeys, keep the fire burning. – Love, Megha

Kara DeSantis

It’s a clich, but these four years have flown by – even the Wednesday nights that felt like they’d never end. UR has been the perfect school for me, and a big part of what’s made it so great was my experience with the Campus Times. Everyone at the CT works so hard, and deserve every success that comes their way. Despite the occasional – or frequent – personality conflicts, the CT staff is a team, and we all want to put out the best paper possible. I think we succeed at it. To my generation – Mansi, Nasser, Todd and Megha, I’m lucky to know you all. Thanks for making college so fun. Future CTers: It’s worth every minute, keep it up.

Grace Fong

I have always wanted to be one of those sneeringly snobby film critics – thanks to this newspaper I finally got my chance. As a film studies major, passing in papers just was not enough. I needed the space to make those annoying puns that critics treasure so: “The Core’ is a bore,” “‘Cradle 2 the Grave’ is dead on arrival” or (my personal favorite) “‘Ghost Ship’ full of holes.” The joke is on me, though…these four years have passed by much too quickly. Only in my second semester senior year did I truly appreciate all the opportunities I missed in the other seven semesters. This spring I finally took a class at Eastman School of Music and was astounded at how wonderful an experience it turned out to be. And I went tray-sledding down the hill behind Sue B. for the first time in January, hiding from the on-duty security and maneuvering around the broken trays littering the slopes. There are many things I didn’t get to do during my four years here, but at least I can say that ending up buried headfirst in a snow bank isn’t one of them!

Joan Knihnicki

Joining the Campus Times was the best decision I’ve made at the U of R. I have learned more as a writer, editor, and illustrator for this publication than from any class I’ve taken in the past four years. This experience has led me to extraordinary love, pain, controversy, friendship, not to mention my five minutes of fame. I will never forget any of it. Liz F. Kay- I am so glad you took five, and I had time to become your friend. Dan Bock – Thanks for showing the CT so much love. Megha – You know you want McDonalds! Todd – You’ve challenged me in ways you’ll never know, and I’ll always love you. Kerri and Cathy – I’m going to miss you guys so much. To the rest of the new staff – Write the truth. Forget the fluff. Who cares about decency anyways!

Todd Hildebrandt

To all that came before, thank you for what you helped create. To all of you that come after, don’t forget the responsibility you have. Your words will help craft UR’s history and actions will preserve the great traditions of this paper. I owe so many my love and gratitude. You monkeys all know you have it. The people in this office are some of the greatest I have known and I have been blessed to spend my last four years with you. Bye.

Beth Haber

I’d like to thank my family, my friends, and the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado.

Whenever you are in doubt, remember these words – Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear. Thanks for the great memories, UR. Word to your mother.

P.S. Get back in that fiery furnace, girlfriend.

Letty Laskowski

Wow! I can’t believe four years has flown by already. Where has the time gone? UR has given me so many great experiences. I think my only regret is that I didn’t have time to do more. To the CT staff – You guys are probably the most dedicated people I have ever met. Up all night putting this paper together and then on to classes in the morning. I don’t know how you do it. Seniors: Thanks for the memories. It’s been four years of craziness. Through the laughter and tears, I couldn’t have asked to know better people. I just wish there was more time. Best of luck to everyone in the future! Remember, “We’ll look back on this some day and plow into a parked car.” Its not goodbye, its see you later.

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