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I am from the rural dirt roads of Botetourt County, Virginia. I choose Longwood because of its size and friendly atmosphere. I am heavily involved in my school and community both here in Farmville and back home in Eagle Rock, Virginia.

I serve as News Editor for The Rotunda, the student newspaper here on campus, and have been writing for the paper since March 2009. I am also a Sergeant-At-Arms for the Longwood University Judicial Board. I have spent this summer discovering the world of online freelance journalism and have quite enjoyed myself.

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October 22, 2011 6:02PM

Congratulations, Mr. President


The inaugruation of a president is a very exciting occasion. For some reason, inaugurating a university president takes a while–over a year to be exact in this case. President Finnegan came to us in Spring 2010. Finally, he can officially, in line with the tradition, call Longwood home.

All through the week, Longwood hosted a services of events that showcased Finnegan’s inaugural theme: “Scholarship. Service. Standards.” This coming week, that will continue with a very intricate lecture series detailing the best Longwood has to offer.

Friday was full of energy and pomp and circumstance. An impressive list of guests showed up–senators, West Point colleagues and family. But the most notable guest had to be the man and the woman behind it all–Mrs. Joan Finnegan, Longwood’s modern day patron saint.

During the inagural ceremony, I was thinking about what all Finnegan has done for Longwood in just a year. How is seems to be everywhere and how he is always helping students. Thursday, for instance, during the “Longwood Gives Back” day of service, he showed up at my job site and starting painting–at 9:30 in the morning.

Mr. President, welcome to your new home. You have shown that you are the embodiment of Longwood spirit and know that you will be a Lancer forever.

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