The Renie Race.

"Volunteers cheer as a young girl runs along the campus loop road during the 18th annual 5k Renie Race at Goucher College Sunday, October 10, 2010. Guests of all ages participated in the race, which commemorates a former Goucher student who passed away shortly after graduation."

I tried to come to the Renie Race with a fresh eye this year. I’ve never actually been able to run the race because I’ve been the “unofficial official photographer” for Goucher all four years that I was a student here. But after oversleeping and getting down near the finish line a bit late this year, I had trouble focusing. Then again, it was 9:00 on a Sunday morning, so I don’t think I was the only one who was a bit out of it.

I’ve been in similar situations before though. Whenever I’m rushing to get to a shoot, I have difficulty slowing down and really thinking about what I’m shooting. That’s why whenever possible, I try to plan my schedule around my photo assignments.

Nearly all of the frames I shot from the day are incredibly nondescript, but I got lucky and caught a nice moment here.

Judy Woodruff speaks during Family Weekend

"Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour, receives a gift after discussing the 2010 midterm elections in the Hyman Forum at Goucher College Friday, October 8, 2010."

I always look forward to Family Weekend at Goucher because the college is always sure to bring in an amazing speaker for families to listen to.

This year was particularly exciting for us newspaper staffers because that speaker was Judy Woodruff, a very prominent news figure. She discussed the 2010 Midterm Election.

I stepped up to the microphone after the conversation was opened up to the audience to ask her a question: what skills should the young generation of journalists be learning, and what frame of mind should we have as the media changes so quickly?

She told me that it’s not just about writing, or not just about photography, anymore. Rather, one should know how to interview, write, take pictures and video, and use online media. She also said that we should stay curious and passionate, work hard, and read copious amounts of articles and books.

Issue 3 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College

"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 3 - October 8, 2010 - Front Page"

Another issue of The Quindecim was delivered to Goucher last Friday, just in time for Family Weekend. It was rewarding to see not only students, faculty, and staff, but also parents and siblings with the paper in their hands. It was a good reminder that this paper isn’t just for students, but the extended Goucher community.

As usual, production of the paper came down to the wire. I’m proud of us as Editors for making sure that we received everyone else’s work by the deadline we needed to make. We have so many other responsibilities, however, that most of us didn’t get our own articles in on time. It’s very difficult to layout a newspaper when all the articles and photographs aren’t collected on time and grouped together in one place. For me, finding time to report, write, and take photographs among all the administrative responsibilities of being Editor-In-Chief has been the biggest challenge this year.

In the end though, what matters most is that we sent it to press when we needed to and the issue turned out incredibly well. Every issue we publish is better than the last, and I think this one was no exception. Most noticeably, we changed the cover layout to break the monotony of the two previous covers we had. It’s very well organized and easy to follow.

We also published our second 20-page issue in a row. In fact, we had so much content that we had to omit several submissions and articles due to space limitations. We don’t want to let people’s hard work go unnoticed, so we’ll do all that we can to ensure that those are published in our fourth issue.