The Passing of Batons


Olivia Aldridge, Kendra Talley and Blake Roberts (right) pass their Bluestocking batons to the new Leadership team–Zoe Montague, Libby Fowler and Denise Devaney

Justin Brent, Faculty Adviser

With the transformation of PC Campus buildings (Neville Hall, Richardson Hall, Greenville Dining Hall, among others), with the excitement brewing around a new Campus Master Plan to be unveiled in the Fall of 2017, and with a total Solar Eclipse that brought unprecedented numbers of people to campus last week, it is fair to say that PC is in the midst of an exciting transition.

 Equally exciting (although far less heralded) is the transition of the Bluestocking’s leadership team. Our staff said farewell in May to one of the most talented editorial teams ever assembled (Olivia Aldridge, Kendra Talley and Blake Roberts), but now it welcomes in a proven team of dedicated Leaders, committed to preserving the best of our previous practices while introducing new strategies for covering the PC story.

The Bluestocking will have two Editors-in-Chief this year. Senior Libby Fowler will take charge of our long-standing, tried-and-true print run, which comes out four times a year. An English and French double major and veteran tutor of the Writing Center, Libby knows how to bring out the best in students’ writing. She loves “the supportive environment” of the Bluestocking and hopes that “students of all talents will consider being involved.” She looks forward to building on the already significant interest from new writers.

Taking the helm for our online content this year will be Zoe Montague. “I’m really looking forward to this new chapter of the Bluestocking. We are planning on expanding our web content to make it easier for students to get the news in the way that best suits them, including a new podcast.”

As with other sources of news media, the Bluestocking staff now appreciates the huge role that social media plays in generating readership. So this year we are welcoming to the leadership team sophomore Denise Devaney as Social Media Editor. “I’m excited to be back! …and passionate to be sharing the triumphs of students and athletes,” shares Denise.

Already, a crescendo-ing buzz is discernible around the Bluestocking this year: New facilities, new technology, new ideas for outreach, and several new faces on staff. Meetings currently are Wednesday evenings at 8:30 in the Language Center in Neville. If you can’t come see what all the new buzz is about, make sure you follow us online!