The Rocket

Janelle Wilson
“Keep away from the people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel like you, too, can become great.” –Mark Twain


When I was 11, I found a fortune-telling machine that spit out a card when you fed it 25 cents.  Mine read, “You will soon have to choose between a life full of riches and a life full of adventure.” Ten years later, and with a nearly completed communication degree, I think it’s safe to assume which I chose.


Growing up, I was equal parts logical and foolhardy, discerning, but wild. I couldn’t figure out a potential career that would accommodate the dichotomous nature of my personality, until I decided to become a journalist.


From working as an anchor on my school’s televised morning announcements in sixth grade, becoming the Arts Club journalist in eleventh grade, and to editing my high school’s newspaper senior year, journalism had crept its way into my life until I could not separate myself from it.


When I entered college my freshman year with a journalism degree and a belly full of fire, I told my roommate about my intent to join the Rocket. She said, “Who knows? You might be editor-in-chief of the Rocket one day!” I laughed out loud at that one.


This will be my fourth year of involvement with the Rocket, and it’s been the most educational experience I’ve had at Slippery Rock. During my first year on staff as assistant campus life editor, we all tackled scandals, missed deadlines, a failing server and more, but we have never given up.


As editor-in-chief, I hope to encourage other staff members to realize their full potential and to exceed their own expectations, as well as convince myself of the same thing.


Janelle Wilson, Editor in Chief

Apr 28, 2016
“The Jungle Book” is deemed “pure magic” (Media)
Apr 28, 2016
Five life lessons The Rocket Editor-in-Chief learned while in college (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
What your favorite on-campus hangout says about you (Story)
Apr 07, 2016
Six reasons you should join your college’s student newspaper (Story)
Mar 24, 2016
New MySRU portal update offers mobile friendly convenience to students (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
Jaded college veteran offers tips to survive your first semester (Story)
Feb 18, 2016
Your college degree won’t give you anything, that’s up to you (Story)
Feb 11, 2016
Senior SRU student makes successful career from Pure Romance (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Irreverent jokes open the door for discussion (Story)
Nov 12, 2015
Professors respond to positive Rate My Professor reviews (Story)
Nov 05, 2015
Four professors that will make your liberal studies requirement worthwhile (Story)
Oct 22, 2015
5 SRU themed costumes you can rock on Halloween (Story)
Oct 15, 2015
10 roommate commandments you should always follow (Story)
Sep 03, 2015
A field guide to species of college stereotype hybrids you can find only on SRU’s campus (Story)
Sep 03, 2015
Old photo of SRU fraternity goes viral as an example of rape culture (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
Seven ways to live out the rest of your senior year as your freshman self (Story)
Apr 16, 2015
8 struggles of having (and not having) a meal plan (Story)
Apr 16, 2015
Urban Gaming Club places 11th at Penn State’s Humans vs. Zombies Invitational (Story)
Apr 09, 2015
5 people you can expect to see in the quad this spring (Story)
Apr 08, 2015
Holocaust survivor discusses moving on after her parents died in Auschwitz (Story)
Apr 02, 2015
‘Global Images of US Women’ opens conversation on international social issues (Story)
Apr 01, 2015
4 people who are determined to ruin your group project (Story)
Mar 26, 2015
The Old Stone House hosts beer tasting to connect people to British history (Story)
Mar 26, 2015
The 7 Deadly Hand-Raisers (Story)
Mar 19, 2015
Simulation challenges perceived misconceptions about the work ethic of people who live in poverty (Story)
Feb 26, 2015
“Active Minds” holds discussions to challenge eating disorder myths (Story)
Feb 19, 2015
“Cracking the Code” identifies racial inequities, panel discusses how to combat racism in society (Story)
Feb 12, 2015
SRU alumna works on multimillion player game, Bungie’s “Destiny” (Story)
Feb 11, 2015
Social media changes how people find dates, check up on their significant others (Story)
Feb 05, 2015
SRU Gamer’s Guild elects first female president (Story)
Jan 29, 2015
Student starts first on-campus Cosplay Club (Story)
Dec 04, 2014
Dancers use themed solo dances to convey social issues (Story)
Nov 20, 2014
Theatre department’s “A Christmas Carol” utilizes space for interactive set (Story)
Nov 13, 2014
‘Lone Survivor,’ and author Marcus Luttrell discusses his military experience (Story)
Nov 06, 2014
SOL gives Dia de los Muerto showcase an interpretive twist (Story)
Oct 30, 2014
Colombian news anchor encourages honesty and hard work in journalism (Story)
Oct 16, 2014
‘Gone Girl,’ fizzles out with a flimsy plot, gimmicky suspense and stereotyping (Story)
Oct 09, 2014
‘Dumbledore’s Army’ sorts members into houses, and prepares for their first annual book drive (Story)
Oct 02, 2014
Twitter account, ‘SRU Crushes,’ affects students’ rights to privacy (Story)
Oct 02, 2014
Homecoming king and queen discuss what it takes to win the crown (Story)
Sep 25, 2014
Police and local bars prepare for homecoming weekend crowds (Story)
Sep 20, 2014
Jimmy Tatro of ’22 Jump Street’ uses comedy to talk about the college experience, fame, racism and Channing Tatum (Story)
Sep 11, 2014
Marines pair with ROTC to expand Toys for Tots awareness and collection (Story)
Sep 04, 2014
Safety department develops new emergency-simulation lab to prepare students for workforce (Story)
Aug 28, 2014
Students respond with conflicting opinions to new Boozel delivery option (Story)
May 01, 2014
“Laundry and Bourbon”, “Lone Star” have rocky start, but keep audience laughing (Story)
Mar 06, 2014
Diversity and Inclusion Series illustrates discrimination in society (Story)
Feb 20, 2014
Black Action Society and NAACP celebrate African American history during Black History Month (Story)
Nov 20, 2013
SRU honors Native American Celebration Day with cultural dress, traditional storytellings (Story)
Aug 29, 2013
First year students experience Slippery Rock WOW tradition (Story)
Apr 25, 2013
American Cancer Society provides new information concerning cancer (Story)
Apr 18, 2013
A week of art: 12th Annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival brings culture to Slippery Rock (Story)
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