I am proud the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith recognizes that effective communication is increasingly important in this digital age of compressed factoids. Proud that the University is stepping forward to meet the challenges of the changing communications field. And proud that I have the opportunity to participate in the birth of “The Lions’ Chronicle,” a publication I hope will be an ever-evolving canvas for intellectual exploration and development as well as a vehicle for information.
My name is Cassandra Arnhart. I am a senior Rhetoric and Writing major. I enjoy being a part of the Lions' Chronicle staff.
I first signed up for "The Lion's Chronicle" Publication Staff for my own selfish reasons, but during my time aboard, I've come to love it for completely different selfish reasons. Not having any idea of my employment options with an English degree, I (correctly) thought that getting experience in a newspaper would increase my marketability. Since then, I selected a slightly different career path, but found myself still valuing the time I was putting in with the "Chronicle." I loved the voice it gave me. I suddenly had both the freedom and responsibility to investigate subjects that interested me and that I thought important for readers to be informed on.
To me, “The Lion's Chronicle” represents a true opportunity for students to have an influence on the University's campus and student body. It offers its members the chance to express themselves to their peers, and affords them the liberty of having their voices truly be heard. Above all else, working as part of the staff on the “Chronicle” will create unforgettable memories of an experience that will last a lifetime. It's truly a great opportunity, and one that I am blessed to have taken.
I am a returning non-traditional student. The Chronicle gives me a chance to push myself against deadlines and pursue my love of writing and of course sports. Not everyone can attend the games or knows what goes on behind the scenes. I hope to fill in the gaps and report back all the exciting things that the Lions Sports team does as we pursue our NCAA Division II seat.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." --Howard Thurman
“The Lions’ Chronicle,” I believe, is a great step towards making our university a little more lively. With a student-run newspaper, I hope we can inspire our fellow students to take part and be part of a great thing. I also hope our paper grows a more with each issue. Being a part of the original team gives me a sense of hope for the future. Let’s all strive to make our online newspaper something to be proud of. Little by little, step by step, we can do it.
“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”- Leonardo da Vinci spoke these as his last words.
I am no Leonardo da Vinci, but my heart echoes his sentiment. This semester is my last at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. My first semester here was under the title of Westark Community College. I have not piddled or played around with my education, but it seems only now, at the end, I am grasping the invaluable opportunities this University offers.
The Lions Chronicle is not just another organization to add to my resume. It is an opportunity to challenge myself and to use all the skills I have learned over the past years. The opportunity has brought some reality to a dream. As a child, I imagined my dream job would be to write for the National Geographic. Never did I truly believe combining writing, research, and caring for humanity could become a reality. My dream of working with National Geographic has begun to develop some reality and hope. This hope brings relief to my bittersweet fall graduation, leaving only memories to walk the paths between classes.
One of my main goals as a writing specialist is to help my students identify their own compelling reasons to write so that they can use their literate skills to participate in our democratic society. A free press is one of the basic tenets of a democratic society, and a student newspaper is both a source of and a forum for compelling reasons to write. I am excited to be a part of such a challenging endeavor and to be working with such an outstanding group of students.