By Maricella Garcia,
For several years, the Schreiner Reveille has been a presence on campus, going through different phases, faces, and staff.
From going through records, I found some interesting history I thought I would share with you all.
The Mountaineer was restarted in 2006 by staff member Amy Armstrong and now-alumni Spencer Laine and Kevin Conlon. Since then, the paper was student-run and distributed. Sports, Campus News, and Monty’s Cave were regular sections of the paper, while the front page was redesigned several times.
Through the power of Facebook, I dug back and found a few former Editor-in-Chiefs’ to talk to about their experience in funneling the campus voices. Thanks to all of them for replying to my messages and helping me create this living history of our student paper.
“We didn’t get a bunch of submissions the first year, so we made up the difference ourselves,” Laine said.
Bri Hamlyn, an English alumni and former EIC, started writing for the Mountaineer in 2007 and was “kind of got thrown into the deep end when it came to figuring things out after I took over,” since her EIC left to study abroad. However, she hit the ground running.
“In terms of printing/designing, myself and a co-editor used Adobe Indesign, and I think we had them printed at the Kerrville Daily Times,” Hamlin said. We still utilize this software and printer today.
Eloy Rico, a Graphic Design alumni and former EIC, tells us a little bit about his contribution.
“I started helping out Cody Weiss, the head layout editor, as a freshman with layout work during my first semester. Bri [Hamlyn] had graduated in the Spring and originally another student was going to be EIC and I was going to be her co[-editor], however she ended up transferring so the position fell onto me.”
As for the change to the memorable name of The Reveille… “The name change was something we decided upon mainly because Mountaineers are what defines students and overall the Schreiner community. We looked into what other universities were doing and what we noticed what truly helped their publications succeed was having its own identity. We finally decided upon The Reveille as a throwback to Schreiner’s military history,” Rico said.
After Eloy followed Katie Bishop, now English alumni. In her parting letter in the November 18, 2015, issue of the Reveille, she wrote:
“When I entered Schreiner University as a freshman, I knew that participating in the newspaper would result in unpredictable experiences. Over the years those experiences have blossomed like a lotus blossom into a pool of blood, sweat, tears- the most accurate description I can invent for working in the news media. […] Readers, please understand that this publication does not come into your hands lightly. The people behind the print are beyond committed to bringing you as much campus news as can be accomplished by an ever-shrinking crew of journalists.”
Well, after two years and 10 issues later, I can respond to my mentor that yes, the experiences I have had an EIC are something that no other student leadership position on campus can offer, and I am honored to have held since. Former staff member Amy Armstrong said it best:
“Spencer and Kevin were definitely the trailblazers getting the paper started back up again. I am so proud of the hard work you all put into the paper over the years. Having a successful student newspaper at a school with no journalism program is no small feat and y’all made it happen!”
While each of us have experienced the paper in a different way, I noticed in all the back issues I read that we definitely did not hold back when it came to shining a light on the place where Schreiner needed to step up and provide for students. And this makes me very proud, because as a student publication, we should have the freedom of expression to showcase both the good and the bad.
And so with this comes the end of the Reveille era, and the beginning of a digital era. From this moment on, the Reveille will be renamed to the Mountaineer Post, and will live to see at least one print edition this year. The Mountaineer Post will feature a website, where students will be able to have their voices published instantly, with no limit to words or images.
While I am excited to bring you more details as we progress into the second phase of transition, it is a bittersweet transition for me.
Inked-up hands, door-to-apartment door distribution of the paper, and that smell of the pressroom are some of my favorite parts of the process, and I hope that it will continue to be an experience for students in the future.
However, with this digital move, the Mountaineer Post will definitely bring a whole new world of opportunity for the students who choose to use it.
So far, we have planned to develop a website, a podcast, weekly e-newsletters, and video coverage of campus events and issues. As for print, this continues to be an important part of student media, and we are continuing to develop the role it will play in the Mountaineer Post.
So in response to Katie, this paper has not come lightly to its readers since it began, but we are bringing that same energy to our new platform. We plan to come out with our recently-GROWING crew of journalists that I hope will grow to include you, reader! Please email me or our co-editor Sydney Churchill-Blain to join The Mountaineer Post.