Alexandra Antonucci, Editor-in-Chief
My freshman year, I was majoring in Psychology, and in the bombardment of first-week, “join our club!!!” emails, I randomly responded to The Pauw Wows’, despite never writing for a student newspaper in my life. I was flighty the first semester: I didn’t write consistently, I wouldn’t come to meetings and I, in general, did not want to be there, but kept showing up out of guilt. But the editorial staff still kept assigning stories to me.
Second semester I decided to be better. I came to meetings and pitched stories. I also decided that Psychology was utterly not for me. And when the time came for me to decide my next step, my one friend suggested, “you already write for the paper, change your major to journalism!” I listened, and I haven’t looked back since.
It may seem lame to some, but being a part of The Pauw Wow was easily the highlight of my college career. It’s so fulfilling to have something where you can pour yourself into and feel that it’s improving you professionally and personally as well. There were many times where running this paper made me SO, SO stressed, but I would go back and do it all again if I had the opportunity.
To the friends that I have made along the way and have had the pleasure of working with: I am so proud. The Pauw Wow has grown immensely since our freshman year, and our contributions have only improved our ‘small-but-mighty’ school paper. I may have been the Editor-in-Chief, but it took a village, and I credit the editorial board, our staff and contributing writers and of course our fearless advisor for bringing it all together.
I’m terrible at ending things, especially personal pieces that make me emotional, so I’ll end with a quote from former presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator, Cory Booker: “Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.’”
Thank you to the Pauw Wow for never letting me quit. It was rough at times, but it was always worth it.
Adrienne Romero, Managing/Digital Editor
Cue “Let It All Work Out” by Lil Wayne.
“Let it all work out” — that’s something I’ve always told myself, and I never knew going to my last-choice school would work out so well.
Let me paint a picture for you: Freshman year, I ate breakfast and lunch in the caf by myself. I sat quiet in my classes by myself. I went home immediately after with no one but music and myself.
Now, senior year: I’d grab breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts with two or three of my friends, always running into other people; we laugh and smile. I always had class with my friends and, even if I didn’t, they were always waiting in the hallway or the quad (I couldn’t escape) but I finally wasn’t alone.
I’ve bugged countless students, athletes, school and athletic administrators for an interview; laughed with my intramural sports boss and co-workers; lost my sh*t at a home game win; and agreed to “drop out” of school with my classmates during rough times.
And, before I knew it, all the people I bugged, laughed with, wanted to quit school with, and went insane with during games were people who always greeted me with a smile — whether it was Pete’s Place or the Newport Mall food court — it didn’t matter where we were.
Yes, I am “that girl from The Pauw Wow.” Being part of this newspaper helped me break out of my shell and connect with so many people I will cherish for a lifetime.
Whether I’ve interviewed you, had you in a class, or even made the simplest interaction with you, I want you to know you made my college experience worth it.
And I hope one day, you can feel this way too.
Cue “Never Been” by Logic.
Diana Paredes, Design Editor
I don’t even know where to start.. I also don’t want to make this insanely long and bore you all to death, but wow how my life has changed.
This letter is from the girl who walked in her freshman year terrified of how life was going to turn out. Fast forward 4 years that same girl, yea hey! That’s me. She’s happy, and a little sad.
Life at Saint Peter’s has been like the line you wait on to get on a roller coaster, it’s hot & sunny and then it rains and you’re still waiting but in the end it’s all worth it because you get on the coaster and you yell.
I joined my second family at the Pauw Wow during my time and I spent 4 years talking to new people, interviewing athletes who are pretty cool (sometimes lol) professors that are so smart it makes you wonder why they aren’t astronauts and of course friends who make life a little more bearable.
I will miss all of this so much, a part of me will always think about the days spent in the quad with my headphones in waiting for my friends to get out of class thinking about what assignments I had to do or the planner I had yet to write in.
That girl yep she’s still here! She says thank you forever.
Neidy Gutierrez, Social Media Manager
Let’s be honest here — Saint Peter’s wasn’t my first choice, second or sixth. Heck, I tried transferring out twice. But looking at it now, I don’t think I would have wanted to call any other place “home” for the past four years.
At Saint Peter’s I got to travel the world, meet incredible people and make friendships I’ll carry forever. When I tell you I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone here, I literally mean pushed -- like off the edge in Cuba where I faced my fears of heights by zip lining. Don’t worry no humans were harmed in the process, just some tears. But hey, I did it!
I’ve met people who have inspired me, aka all the people I’ve interviewed from professors, students, athletes, artists, musicians, deans, business owners -- the list goes on.
But most importantly, I met people who believed in me. If it wasn’t for that, I would have never submitted my article to The Pauw Wow. I would have never walked into the publication office. I would have never joined a team full of dedicated and hardworking people I now get to call family.
To those people, thank you. Thank you for believing in a publication committed to telling the truth. No matter the times we got told, “are you allowed to be here” or my personal favorite, “are you afraid of getting in trouble?” Let me make this clear, I will never be “afraid” of reporting what matters.
But through it all, my time at SPU has come to an end. This is not how I wanted to say goodbye, but if I’ve learned anything from being a Peacock is that when times get tough, you keep on going. And that’s exactly what I plan to do.
So farewell amigos. We gon’ be alright!
Amanda Sanchez, Staff Writer
This is going to be emotional, but here it goes; I want to thank Neidy for always telling me to try and write for Pauw Wow.
Yes, if you didn't already know, I’ve known Neidy for years prior to Saint Peters, and I knew she was a part of the school's newspaper. I would go to events with her, Pauw Wow meetings, some interviews, or wait for her to be all finished up with them. I was always amazed at all the running around she did all those years and all the hours she put in. Finally, my senior year came around and I said you know what? Why not? Let's give this a shot.
I did, and I put my all in my first article and it was all about hair. It turned heads and I was very proud of myself and I forgot how much I loved writing! The next couple of articles were informative and opinion pieces, then covering my first event. Then came emotional pieces about our big trip to Vietnam, gentrification, people being discriminated against during coronavirus, and essential workers during these crazy times. I have to say that the only thing I wish I did was that I wish I had started sooner.
I was able to experience events I did not dream of going to and gained more skills aside from what I was learning in school. Interviewing students along with teachers and individuals outside of school has given me more of a perspective on what journalists do and it's hard work, long hours, and much dedication. Working with Pauw Wow has given me some writing and journalism skills and for that I am thankful to the team, Professor Kral and Professor Demillo. I may not have had them as professors, but they cared and took their time with me as if I was their student.
I’m so glad I was able to meet professors like them to help me grow as a student and as a young mind. I may have not been a communication/journalism major, but I always say I am by association. That was my day to day at school and outside it. I loved every minute of it, and I hope to continue writing in some shape or form when I graduate.
Because of the Pauw Wow, I’ve made two lifelong friends and I couldn't be happier. I'll miss being inseparable with them throughout Saint Peters. Chasing down people to talk to, helping each other with stories, and always supporting one another. It was always the four of us.
I wish you all well and we’re going to do amazing things when we leave. Thank you Saint Peters for a wonderful (and sometimes stressful) four years. For all the great times, great people, professors, and most importantly, thank you my Pauw Wow family. From your curly haired writer <3
Patrick Cucurullo, Opinions Editor
How to sum up the last two years I’ve spent with the Pauw Wow…
In many ways I want this letter to be a tribute to the amazing work of my fellow editors and writers. Without a thriving student publication reporting about what is happening around campus, students, faculty and administration will be left in the dark. I’ve had the privilege of working with students who are dedicated to that mission and I had a lot of fun along the way.
I also want to specifically give credit where it is due -- to Alexandra, the love of my life, who saw potential in my writing and encouraged me to join the staff. Besides being supportive and patient every step of the way, her leadership has taken the Pauw Wow to new heights. She has worked tirelessly to develop a respected student newspaper that both reports on real news and engages readers in the local community. Her two years of diligent guidance and attention to detail as our Editor-in-Chief allowed writers, myself included, to realize their full potential and we are better off with her having so masterfully fulfilled her role.
Thank you, Professor Kral, for being our advisor and for having our backs always. Students, especially those pursuing a career in journalism, need someone like you to guide them towards their best work, and you do so with such warmth and encouragement.
I believe in the Pauw Wow and its potential. I believe in the writers who have filled its pages and those who will carry its name forward, and I believe in the class-A team of editors who are taking our place. The oldest surviving student organization on campus will persevere and I know that with even more hard work, it will be better than ever before.
A great many thanks to you all, once again, and bona fortuna.
The truth is worth it.