Because you asked


People have been asking where we’ve been, in the hallways, in our emails and at board of trustee meetings. It is good to know how loud the cries would be on this campus if the Voice were to disappear, but be assured, we’re still here.

We were on temporary hiatus, planning for the future.

In December, the Voice’s advisor Keith Gave resigned his position and accepted a job writing for Fox Sports Detroit.

Since then, administrators have been meeting with the Voice staff as a group and individually to assess the needs of the paper and students currently and moving forward. After weeks of consideration, the Voice staff is getting back to work without an advisor for now.

Because the job encompasses so many varied responsibilities, and because it is crucial to find the person with not only the right qualifications, but also the right personality, mores, passion and work ethic, we fully support the administration in holding out for that right person.

The right teacher and mentor will make all the difference for the students who inherit the Voice for years down the line.

For now, we have no information on when the job will be posted.

In the meantime, the Voice leadership will meet with the editorial board, established by board of trustees policy, on a regular basis. Faculty, students and administrators sit on this board, and will provide us with feedback, guidance and advice.

We are confident that with the support of the WCC community, the Voice will continue to be a force this year and long into the future.

The Voice is an institution, as old as WCC itself. Throughout those 50 years, in much more turbulent times than these, the students, faculty and staff have shown a great understanding of the important role of a free press.

Despite disappearing for years at a time, the Voice has risen from the ashes in the past. The student newspaper that began by editorializing about civil rights and Vietnam War protests remains and is still keeping a watchful eye on WCC’s campus, and speaking up with the voice of the students.

As long as the readers desire a free press, the Voice isn’t going anywhere.

Blessed beyond belief at WCC: THANKS!!!

Blessed beyond belief at WCC: THANKS!!!


Managing Editor

Two and a half years ago, I stepped on a college campus for the first time as a punk just out of high school thinking I knew everything. Next month, I’ll step on a university campus for the first time, still a punk who thinks I know everything. Only this time there’s a huge difference. I have a year-and-a-half-worth of experience working in my field. From contributor, to sports writer, sports editor and managing editor at The Voice. That’s not all. The Voice helped land me a job as media relations coordinator for Midwest Sliders (minor league baseball team) and sports reporter for WAAM radio (covering Michigan football and basketball and the Detroit Lions). And I’m not alone. WCC has been great to the Thompson family. My oldest brother went on to Liberty University and got his master’s degree and is now pursuing his second master’s at Penn State University. I have another older brother who is at Liberty Law School now. Both got their start at WCC. This has been a tremendous learning experience for all of us. For me, it involved how to hit deadlines here, how to interview administrators as well as students. I learned how to work in a newsroom. I learned how to write powerfully — hopefully. And I learned how to get good grades — finally. I learned a lot. I came to a community college thinking I’d get my prerequisites out of the way and get out. Little did I know I would get the bulk of my most important education at WCC. I can’t thank my teachers enough, along with everyone who has trusted me enough to let me interview them for a story. What made The Voice such a tremendous working experience are the people I had shared it with. From the start, the paper has taken me in, even at first when I struggled to put together a decent story. Working with my colleagues — Quinn, Nicole, James, Matt, Bob, Alan, Kate, J-dawg and all the contributors — this semester has been hectic, but a blast. I thank them for helping me grow as a writer, and more importantly a person. There’s one amazing thing about working in a newsroom over an extended period of time, and that’s seeing people’s true colors, and I love that. I’ve learned so much about my coworkers, but the thing that I’ll remember most is how hard they work and how committed they are to producing the best newspaper they possibly can. The Washtenaw Voice staffers have been my best friends the past two years, and it saddens me that we don’t have any more deadlines to hit together. I love you guys. Finally, I want everyone who reads this paper to truly understand all that adviser Keith Gave does for the paper, and has done for me. I walked into his Introduction to Journalism class with literally no journalism background and woefully inadequate writing skills. I just wanted to do it. This man has spent more time working with me, and on my work, than I can imagine. Any successes I have in this business is entirely due to Keith. He’s taught me everything there is to know about the world of journalism and reporting. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. Keith, words can’t thank you enough. The Lord blessed me with a wonderful environment to learn. I am so grateful for this college, The Voice, and the people I’ve served with. That includes: James and Matt. Please don’t screw up my sports page, all right? Honestly, with you two I expect it to get even better. Bob, Kate, and J-Dawg. Let me apologize again for putting you guys behind the ball with pictures and other stuff you needed to lay out my stories on the great pages you design. It’s been a blast working with you guys. Nicole, good luck at EMU. Please don’t write for the Echo; that’s a huge demotion from The Voice. And last, but certainly not least, Quinn, our fabulous leader. Thanks so much for being such a good friend this year. I only wish we could’ve worked together for longer. Don’t work too hard. Listen to “Jump on It,” to relieve a little stress on production days. And get a job as copy editor in the newsroom I land in after I leave CMU. I’ll need you. And thanks again, Washtenaw Community College. For everything.

Voice 2nd in national ‘Best of Show’ contest

Voice 2nd in national ‘Best of Show’ contest

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Washtenaw Voice, the student newspaper of Washtenaw Community College, took second place Sunday in the “Best of Show” competition at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention. This marks the third straight year The Voice has finished among the top five non-daily community college newspapers in the nation. Last year in Austin, Texas, the newspaper took fifth-place honors, and in 2008 in Kansas City, The Voice was third. “We’re just thrilled that the judges in this competition validated all the hard work our group of reporters, editors, photographers, graphic designers and others put into each edition of the paper,” said Voice Editor Quinn Davis. “We’re so grateful for all the support we get from the college and the entire campus community, and the best way we can repay them is to produce a newspaper we can all be proud of.” — Voice Staff


The staff of The Washtenaw Voice won 31 awards, including 11 firsts in 19 categories, in the Michigan Press Association’s 2010 college newspaper contest.

There were nine second-place awards, nine thirds and two honorable mentions. In this competition last year, The Voice won 23 awards.

In all, 19 different student journalists won awards, including 12 staffers and seven contributors (freelancers). The contest included newspapers published from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010.

Prominent among the winners were former editor, Elizabeth Ross, with three firsts; former new media producer Matt Mancour, with two firsts among six awards (his work swept two categories: Multimedia Reporting and Video Production); and former photo editor Chris Asadian, who had two firsts among three awards.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for our students who work so hard to produce a newspaper this campus community can be proud of,” said Keith Gave, adviser to The Voice. “This is a testament to the tremendous support the college provides for its newspaper as well as the classroom preparation in a multitude of disciplines — journalism, photography, graphic design, film and videography and Web development — required to produce a newspaper that serves a 21st century readership.”

Among the competitors in The Voice’s MPA division were several four-year colleges, including the University of Michigan-Flint, University of Detroit-Mercy and Olivet College.

WCC’s nearest competitors in the contest: Delta College (four firsts among eight total awards) and Grand Rapids Community College (two firsts among eight awards).

2010 Michigan Press Association College Contest Winners

News Story First, Elizabeth Ross, ‘President contests $4,000 restaurant tab’ Judge’s comment: “The winner in an extremely competitive class. A good, objective story that answers the questions of a campus abuzz with them… Way to be a watch dog. Great job.” Third, Trevor Bach, ‘Amid scandal, priests see normalcy’

Investigative Reporting First, Elizabeth Ross/Staff, ‘Trustees’ tab: $4,000 for one meal’ Judges comment: “Well-rounded and factual. Superb work.” Honorable mention, Anne Duffy, Officials hold their ‘knows’ regarding foul smells

Feature Writing Second, Trevor Bach, ‘Recession-proof Ann Arbor Third, John Leonard, ‘The life and death of the record store’

Sports Feature First, Ron Harlow, ‘Fans show passion at Yost’ Judge’s comment: “A fun read. A story I wish I would have written while covering college hockey.” Second, Nicole Bednarski, ‘Local skaters, Olympic dreams’

Multimedia Reporting First, Matt Mancour, Kaylee Lentz, ‘Heaven and Yell’ Second, Matt Mancour, Elizabeth Ross, ‘Writin’ and Rockin’’ Third, Matt Mancour, Julie Mattera, ‘From combat to the classroom’ Judge’s comment: “A tough decision here. All three entries were professional grade and could be teaching examples for how to blend multimedia with print coverage.”

Column, Review or Blog, News or Sports Second, Addie Shrodes, ‘Tuition climbs while debate continues’ Honorable Mention, Maggie Reuter, ‘Recession of false hopes’

Editorial First, Elizabeth Ross, ‘Bad timing on $4,000 dinner’ Judge’s comment: “Reasoned, fair stand on issue, well-written.”

News Photo First, Chris Asadian, ‘Scream for vaccines’ Judge’s comment: “Clear winner! The boy’s expression leaps off the page! Great image to bring attention to this story. Nice tie-in with the headline.” Third, Andrew Kuhn, Snow days

Feature Photo First, Chris Asadian, ‘Home for the holidays’ Judge’s comment: Wow! We loved this photo. The framing of the bars and bare concrete cell compel your attention. This photo evokes emotion, which was the point of the story. Great angle, great shot!” Third, Robert Conradi, Ghost bike

Sports photo Third, Chris Asadian, ‘Batter up’

Video Production or Online Audio Slide Show Production First, Matt Mancour and Kaylee Lentz, ‘Legal high’ Judge’s comment: “This was the best video in any class, with good editing of interviews, video of salvia users, expert opinion. The productions values were high, and the report itself as news would stand up well in the professional world. . . This college entered three pieces and all were worthy of prizes…” Second, Matt Mancour and Kaylee Lentz, ‘Auto show’ Third, Matt Mancour and Nicole Bednarski, ‘Crooning’

News Page Design Third, Mattie Reuter

Feature Page Design Second, Kate Bizer, ‘Artist’

Sports Page Design Second, Sarah Stosick, ‘Tigers Opening day’

B&W advertisement First, Pete Leshkevich, Ad sales: ‘Looking’ for a rock star’ Judge’s comment: “A dominant graphic compels the reader into the ad. The copy includes a solid headline and text.”

Spot/Full Cover Display ad Second, Rachelle Malaney, ‘Student Development and Activities ad’ Third, Maggie Reuter, ‘Garrett’s’

In-House promotional ad Second, Sarah Stosick, ‘Voice Open House’

Special Advertizing Section First, ‘Eat me’ Judge’s comment: “Good stories about local eateries combined with some nice graphics and interesting how-to articles.”

Online Newspaper First, Susan Senn Judge’s comment: “The Voice publishes every two weeks, and they make good use of their time to produce a crisp, polished site.”