Staff Writer, Asst. News Editor ‘17 and Spring ‘18
I wish someone had told me it would be fine as my hands sweat and my knees shook through my first article interview alongside Steve Zubrycky. I had no reason to be nervous, because that first article got us into enough trouble together to make us go from mentor/mentee to friends. Plus, it would be a funny story we would recount to others at An Beal years later.
I wish someone had told me to write down EVERYTHING Thomas Callahan said to me, because I did not know at the time that his lessons would be cut short just before my senior year, and the ones I had written down would become phrases that could make me smile even months after he passed.
Then again, I would not wish to change a minute of it. From the stressful Friday nights trying to reach 500 words by midnight, to the time spent with my news team on Sundays (hi, Jack and Joe!) to the bellylaughs that my “Quad Squad” gave me in my three short years here, I would do it all again. Thanks, everyone! It’s been real.
Staff Writer, Asst. Social Media Editor ‘16, A&E Editor/ Managing Editor ‘17, Editor in Chief ‘18
The Manhattan College website describes The Quadrangle as “seeing what it’s like to work in a real newsroom.” What it should really say is “see what it’s like to become a family with some really incredible students that have a major passion for creating the best college newspaper of all time.” Because, simply put, that’s what these past four years have been.
The Quadrangle has been the one constant in my life for four straight years. Not once did I take a break or stop thinking about it on a day-to-day basis. Leaving something like this will be, and already has been, extremely difficult (maybe that’s why I’ve procrastinated on this farewell until the last minute).
I stepped into my first Quadrangle workshop in the fall of 2015. RikkiLynn was my neighbor in Jasper Hall and Lindsey Burns ‘17 was my RA. Stephen was in my religion class and we went to a Quaker church together. But these were only a few players in the giant show that is The Quadrangle. Soon enough, I was filming a Scatterbomb show as my first “article,” which was posted on the paper’s YouTube channel. Then, I was interviewing administrators, students, faculty, staff, guest speakers, Quadstock artists, Springfest artists, until my phone’s recording app was overflowing.
And every step of the way, my Quadrangle family was there. They were writing stories with me, sending me sources when I was having a tough time finding a quote or complimenting me on my newest story– never hesitating to help.
The family grew: new people joined us, becoming some of our greatest reporters and even greater friends. I remember meeting the now juniors for the first time and being excited to take them under my wing and show them how lucky they were to be members of The Quadrangle. Now, they’re the ones leading us with absolute grace. This excitement happened again when my fiancé Tim joined, when the now sophomores and now the freshmen. The more, the merrier!
The family supported me and elected me as their leader in the fall of 2017, an honor I will cherish wholeheartedly. I would go on to become editor-in-chief during a really growing and pivotal time in our paper’s history. We would produce one of the best Triangles to date, countless issues that I would continually grow prouder of as the semesters went on and make my editorship one of the best years of my college career.
The family lost our patriarch, the amazing Tom Callahan. And I suffered a huge heartbreak with the news of his passing. But the work we have produced since then I don’t doubt has made him proud. And I will repeat his words to myself when I am feeling down: “You are the real deal. You are ready.”
Maybe Tom was onto something. I might not feel ready and I certainly don’t feel like the real deal that often. But The Quadrangle has provided me with that strength and that drive, unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of in my young adult life. I know that the lessons I’ve learned with The Quadrangle will be ones I will carry with me forever. This newspaper, and the team I’ve worked with, will hold my heart always.
Thank you for everything.
Staff Writer, Asst. News Editor ‘16, News Editor ‘17-’18
I remember taking a tour of the Manhattan College campus for the very first time. Back then, I was just a junior in high school. My tour guide knew I was going to school for communication, so she suggested that I look into this “quadrangle scholarship” thing. At the time I had zero experience in journalism, and I knew that wouldn’t cut it, so I headed back to Maine to finish high school. I was then fortunate to have a friend with parents who ran the local newspaper in town – I knocked on their door, begged them to let me write a column, and the rest was history – I was awarded the scholarship. Not only did this ignite my passion for storytelling, but I also met some of the best and most passionate people I know from working at the Quadrangle. Of those people, the most memorable is the Quadfather himself, the late Mr. Tom Callahan. This man believed in me, stood behind me, and left a small piece of his legacy in my future. I owe him, myself, and my family an ethical and honest career. As I look to graduate and move to Los Angeles, memories of the past four years will always stick with me, so, I owe a big “thank you” to the Quadrangle, and to Mr. Callahan. Needless to say, it’s been real.
To Manhattan College – Please don’t ever mess with this scholarship. It’s a staple to the school and it would be a shame to not give future students, who are interested in journalism, the same chance that you so graciously granted me.
PEACE OUT, Jaspers.
John Jack Daniel Melanson
Photo: ( Ryan Kwiescinski courtesy)
Staff Writer, Asst. Photography Editor ‘17, Photography Editor ‘18
It was the second Tuesday of classes during the 2015 Fall Semester when I went to the first meeting of The Quadrangle. As a freshman I wanted to get involved doing something fun while getting to know Manhattan College better. The Quadrangle was the perfect first choice! Every time I attended the meetings I would scroll through the pages of the newspaper and would learn something new and exciting about MC.
I fell in love with news, reporting, but especially with photojournalism. Having photography as one of my passions allowed me to express myself in creative ways and see Manhattan College “from different angles.” I wanted to communicate messages and communicate with others through photography, and this motivated me to be part of an organization that represented the voice of the students.
The Quadrangle was the place where I met some of my best friends and had the opportunity to work with talented and passionate people who always brought innovative ideas to the table. I would like to thank all the editors and staff writers for their hard work and for making The Quadrangle flourish every year. I can’t wait to see what the team comes up with in the future. It is going to feel strange not to have a “Quadrangle” routine anymore. I honestly wish the paper came into my mailbox! I’m definitely going to miss the team and I’ll always cherish everything The Quadrangle taught me and all the memories that were made. Farewell friends and let’s keep in touch!
All the best, Anja
Staff Writer, Sports Editor ‘18
In the second semester of my freshman year I had switched from being a biology major in the School of Science to a communication major in the School of Liberal Arts. It was at that time when I decided to pursue a career in the sports industry. I knew I had to build up my resume early on if I wanted a chance to break into the industry. At the time, MCTV was not active and WRCM was not in existence. While I did not have much journalistic experience at the time, I decided to change that and began writing sports for The Quadrangle.
There were plenty of opportunities to write for the sports section when I started. With the help and guidance of Daniel Ynfante, the sports editor at the time, I covered my first game: A women’s basketball game against Canisius on Feb. 5, 2016. My writing habits changed from there. I continued writing for The Quad and decided to hone this craft outside of college by writing for a couple of sports websites.
Fast forward to my final semester of college and I have now written over 300 total articles spread across The Quadrangle and two sports sites: Last Word On Sports and MetsMerized Online. I had held editorial positions for all three publications. I have also held internships at The Dr. Oz Show, SNY and MSG Networks. The Quad started things off for me and I can look back at joining it as one of the more important professional decisions I have made.
Stephen D. Zubrycky-
Staff Writer, Web Editor ‘16 , Editor in Chief ‘17, Managing Editor ‘18
I was thrilled when I saw the e-mail invitation, just a handful of days in advance.
I would have to rent a suit, I thought, and I climbed to the desolate fifth floor of Miguel to do so, picking up a gray suit that was a hair too big.
I donned a red tie, and noticed much to my chagrin when I met my co-writer Anthony Capote ‘16 that he had also gone for the gray suit-red tie look.
It was 2016. I was a freshman. And I was covering the big Democratic presidential primary debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – rubbing elbows with “real” journalists and politicians.
Anthony gave me a piece of advice on the way there, one that began with our faculty advisor Tom Callahan, and has echoed in my mind over four years of reporting: Do journalism.
The debate was my first big story. Thinking back, I am so grateful to have had that opportunity. I was new to the paper and new to journalism. Nonetheless, this paper – and the students of this college – had put faith in me to tell this story and to represent Manhattan.
This tale is one of many where I was supported by the people of this publication.
I am grateful for all of them, all of their support and for all their important work.
The Quadrangle is the beacon that illuminates this community. It’s a symbol of the vibrancy and vitality of this campus and a bastion that stands firm in defense of truth.
But, more than that, it’s a family. A big, loving, supportive family – and one I am proud and thankful to be part of.
I will look back on these years of journalism with nothing but fondness because of this team, all of whom I have grown to love immensely.
I’m especially grateful to have shared this time with the other people on this page.
To Taylor, Jack, Rikki, Haley, Anja, Cathy, John: it’s been an honor to work beside you. You all have a lot to be proud of, and you all surely have bright lives full of adventure and promise awaiting you.
Congratulations friends. We did it. We did journalism.
Staff Writer, Asst. Sports Editor 16, Sports Editor ’17, Co-Social Media Editor ‘18
There is a double-edge comfort in knowing that no one really knows.
I didn’t know what to expect after accepting The Quadrangle Scholarship, let alone coming to Manhattan College in general. I started my journey as a communications major, with plans to pursue a career in sports journalism or cinematography. I was running on the Cross Country team. I thought I was the next Carrie Bradshaw. Needless to say, I thought I had it all figured out.
And that was my biggest mistake.
Like most of us, I was very, very wrong.
Over the past four years, I worked on finding myself– whether I was aware of it every step of the way or not– every single article I’ve written, every single interview I’ve conducted, every single relationship that has blossomed, and every single lesson learned from The Quadrangle has helped me not only discover myself, but also make myself.
Throughout it all, The Quadrangle has been the single most stable part of my Manhattan College career.
The Quadrangle has provided me with a place for the mess inside of my head to spill out on paper. The Quadrangle has taught me that I am still learning. And I can confidently say that The Quadrangle, and everyone I have met because of it along the way, have inspired me to never stop learning, never stop growing, never stop making mistakes, and never stop trusting myself– because no matter how much time you spend worrying, before you know it, everything will fall into place and you will be graduating college– but you will have an entire life ahead of you that will be so beautiful and such a mess at the same time. And that’s okay.
Thank you Taylor, Jack, Steve, Cathy, and of course Professor Callahan, for all of the love and laughs throughout the years (and for still loving me even though I’m from North Jersey, and didn’t attend all of the Tuesday meetings).
While I’m proud to announce that I will be spending the next three years at Dominican College to obtain my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, I will always be a journalist, and a Jasper at heart.
To everyone on The Quadrangle and whomever is reading this– if you take away anything from my senior farewell, let it be this: I hope you make mistakes. If you are making mistakes it means you are making new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, and changing the world.
And most importantly, never stop writing. Write to compensate for what the real world doesn’t provide you with. Write about what breaks your heart. What you don’t understand. What you wish you could change. Write. Write. And write some more.
Staff Writer, Asst. Social Media Editor ‘17, Co-Social Media Editor ‘18
I haven’t had an easy life, but I’ve had a good life. I’ve been surrounded by people who love and support me. During my college career, I’ve had times that were incredibly overwhelming and the Quadrangle became the stable constant in my life. At the Quad meetings, I had a voice. The weekly meetings were a chance for me to stay connected with campus life. No matter what was going on I had a room filled with people who had my back and listened. There was a period of time that I was not the most active member. I wrote articles and met deadlines but wasn’t able to make it to weekly meetings because of the internship positions I held throughout college. Maybe my absence wasn’t missed at the meetings, but the meetings were missed by me. Our weekly meetings gave me an escape from what is going on in my life and instead focus on what is going on in the world. I did many things in my college career, a L.O.V.E trip to Jamaica, three clinical rotations at major hospitals treating cancer patients, and being the president of a society dedicated to my field, all things many people would view as valuable and meaningful but none as personally meaningful to me as the Quad. Being surrounded by motivated and confident individuals who weren’t afraid to talk about the hard stuff like real life issues, politics, and problems on campus kept me in touch with who I am. Our staff consistently sheds light on issues in a graceful, respectful manner, both unbiased and true and I am so proud to the staff we have become. The Quadrangle was the start of my Manhattan College experience, the scholarship alone allowed me attend Manhattan College. I remember my interview for the scholarship with Tom Callahan and Sean Sonnemann, my first pitch meeting, and now sadly my last. My final words of advice are cherish the simple things. You have the ability to tell the stories of people who do not have the platform to do it on their own. The faces you see and the people you meet will shape you into the person you are meant to be. Tom Callahan, had a saying to start off a new chapter of the Quad that I would like you all to remember as I am starting a new chapter of my life. In the wise words of TJC, “Do Not F*ck This Up.”