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When Fall Rolls Around


Mount Mercy University Times Web Site

We'll have to come up with a new online flag, since we aren't using the "dragon flag" this year, but the site already had coverage of this year's first big story--as Mount Mercy became a university.

At the end of the school year, it’s pretty normal for student journalists to be pretty frazzled.

It has been a long slog through weekly deadlines. Add n the stress of hearing complaints all the time for trivial errors, but not so many compliments for what you do well, and the experience of a student journalist can be difficult.

Yet, at the beginning rather than the end, I have the gut feeling that we’ll have a pretty good year a the “Mount Mercy Times.”

Early signs? The editors were mulling over today the shape of the first issue, which will be published next week. After considering the Mount Mercy University transition stories, a fairly vibrant set of sports stories, articles by editors and students in MMU fall writing classes—the editors agreed to put out 16 pages.

Well. The paper is usually 12 pages and sometimes 8, but rarely 16.

It’s a lofty goal. But there is lots of “cool” stuff. Tom has done about half a dozen versions of the flag, and every time he starts tweaking, it gets better. The latest version today was a pretty darn sexy beast, I think, and I am anxious to see it in print.

Erich and Sophia are already pumping out video news reports. We don’t print a paper until next week, but the paper feels as if it has already “arrived.”

And Cindy has already “published” an issue online. You can see it here. It’s six pages of U transition coverage, and yet we’ll have new material next week on the same topic.

There is a downside—due to scheduling conflicts, the paper cycle didn’t get as far down the road today as usual, and the editors plan to work on it Sunday.

I’m a bit old-fashioned—I don’t like weekend shifts of this nature—but, everybody seems really cool with it. The attitudes of Cindy, Bizz, Ryan, Tom, Jennifer, Amy, Jason—they seemed really upbeat today.

May it be a good year. I think it will.

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MMU Lets Its Hair Down For Picnic Finale


Nikayla enjoys bouncing in the inflatible bounce tent at Mount Mercy University's U celebration picnic Aug. 25.

The picnic on Wednesday that culminated Mount Mercy University’s celebration of its new U status was well done.

The weather was clear and sunny, but not too hot. The singing, which featured the local corporate rock band Aeroroot, with a guest appearance by Dr. Blake, was fun, and a lot of people were twisting away.

Katy and Nikayla enjoy bouncing, view 2.

And Nikayla and Tristan, who along with their mother Katy Sebers, my daughter, attended the picnic, had a good time. Nikaya bounced with mom in an inflatable bounce tent, danced a bit with grandpa and managed to get some extra cookies. Tristan was quite the hit with some of the nursing faculty. He can be a very cute, snuggly baby when he doesn’t feel like being a hurricane. He was in cute mode during the picnic.

I was in Barnes and Noble today, wearing a Mount Mercy College shirt. Several people mentioned the shirt was out of date. One was former Mount Mercy professor Bob Naujoks—but others had no connection to MMU.

It was a good sign that strangers recognized that there isn’t a “Mount Mercy College” anymore.

Mount Mercy University is off to a good start.

Tracey Tunwall, of the business faculty and bass guitar player for Aeroroot, and MMU President Dr. Christopher Blake, during one of two songs where Dr. Blake added a British touch to Aeroroot's set.

Aeroroot performs at MMU picnic.

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