A note from the editors, Rachel and Trevor ––
First and foremost we want to say that it has been such a joy being part of the Stallion family for the past year. As UCF graduates, we were worried in coming onto the team that we would feel “disconnected” from the college experience, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. We have never felt more a part of the UCF community, and we are so grateful for the friends we have made and the community we have become a part of along the way. This past semester has blown us away, with our team and readership growing beyond what we would have thought possible just a few short months ago.
This semester The Stallion brought several new writers onto the team and took on some new, exciting projects. The new and veteran team members quickly gelled with each other and our new team grew into a family.
One of our favorite things about being a part of this is that we have always been able to keep an open dialogue, working together and learning together as a team. Our staff members are incredibly talented writers (for which we are infinitely grateful, as it makes our job much easier). The drafts that come across our desks are magical, to put it simply, and our work is to highlight this magic.
A note from the head writer, Matt —
What a ride.
You’ll be hard pressed to find another semester as memorable as Fall 2017 at UCF. We saw a team that just two years ago hit the bottom of the college football world go undefeated. We saw a coach and a university president of twenty five years say their goodbyes. We saw complete strangers come together to marvel at a solar eclipse. We saw complete strangers come together as Las Vegas experienced a pain that Orlando knows all too well.
Nine months ago I wrote my first reader submission for The Stallion during a particularly long Heat Transfer lecture. I didn’t know it at the time, but that spur of the moment decision would lead me to find one of the best groups of friends I’ve ever had, and it’s been an honor to experience the last few months with them. It’s also been an honor to experience them with you, the UCF community. We can’t believe the reception we’ve gotten from you all, and we do what we do because we love you and this university.
Let’s do it again next year.
A note from the President, Jake Howard —
It’s been 10 months since I pulled together the beginnings of the Stallion’s team. UCF has been on the up-and-up since well before I came to this University as a Freshman in fall of 2016, but it feels as if our progression as a University into both the national and international stage has exponentially increased in just the past year. Because of this, we couldn’t have picked a better time to start this initiative to bring the UCF community together through humor and encourage introspection through satire. Without such a vibrant and passionate student body at UCF there would be nothing to write about, and no one to laugh with.
Oh have we had some laughs. From the piece on “Protests against the ‘Racially Insensitive’ Gringos Locos Tacos” in the beginning of the semester that inspired some beautiful comments on social media, to the “Underground Deathmatch for Internships at Lockheed Martin and Siemens” we’ve seen readership grow exponentially. This semester we were even able to go beyond just written content to experiment with satire and humor in forms such as bingo cards, flowcharts, and everyone’s favorite type of media, memes. And finally, one of our proudest and most recent moments stems from the vigil we held for our dear departing Coach Frost. We never expected that many readers to show up, let alone two local TV stations as well. You can count on seeing The Stallion in person more often as we focus on creating a physical presence on campus in addition to our digital presence.
Bottom-line is this semester has smashed our previous two in all types of metrics, and this only proves that the UCF community is truly on the next level when an organization like ours can experience this sort of success. Keep being ambitious, passionate, and even goofy UCF. My pride in being part of this university has only grown from it.
We hope our readers have a fantastic holiday season and that 2018 treats you as well as you’ve treated us in 2017.
Looking to join The Stallion family? We are currently looking for additional writers and those interested in creating content for social media and managing our social media presence for Spring 2018. Fill out this application before the first week of school for an opportunity to interview: APPLICATION