Volume 96, Issue 6
Friday September 6, 2002

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Looking for some action?

Whoa, Maggie!
Maggie Wrobel

A&E Editor

Sometimes I wish my life was an action movie.

Think about it – in an action movie all your goals are short term: must escape bad guy, must diffuse bomb, must save world, etc.. It's simple to figure out what to do next.

In an action movie you are guaranteed a love interest or, at the very least, someone you have great chemistry with. Sex scenes are elaborate and passionate, with no awkward fumbling or embarrassment over one's nudity.

In an action movie, the things you must escape from are clearly defined and what needs to be done is blatantly obvious.

In an action movie there is little time for thinking and less time for

conversation. Instead, you spout witty one-liners and run around a lot, but with a purpose – always with a purpose.

In action movies, you never sit around at your desk staring blankly at your computer screen, eating your 260th caramel, waiting for inspiration to strike. (That last part is strictly hypothetical, of course.)

Sitting here on the eve of my 18th first day of school, I pause to reflect on the way my life has picked up speed during my first two years of university.

There are certain goals I have had my whole life: to edit a magazine or newspaper, make my own clothes, marry Matthew Good – you know, the usual stuff.

This year, as I sit at this dusty desk in Rm. 263 of the University Community Centre, I realize I've reached one of these goals. Becoming one of The Gazette's Arts & Entertainment editors is a dream come true for me.

Last year started off slow, with me climbing the steps to this office with hesitance and fear. As I pushed open the doors, my heart sped up. My mind was full of visions of people mocking me and laughing at my lack of experience in the world of journalism.

However, after that initial visit to The Gazette (during which everyone was super nice to me, by the way), everything sped up and gained unexpected momentum.

As I came in more often and wrote more stories, I gained confidence and gradually found my own unique voice as a writer. My editors helped me in innumerable ways and always made me feel welcome and accepted.

The year flew by, and before I knew it, I was applying to be an editor.

Sitting here now with my fellow editors Dale and Megan, I know we are on the cusp of a big downhill slide, meaning I know how quickly the days are going to go and how organized we are going to have to stay in order to keep on top of everything.

Working at The Gazette comes surprisingly close to starring in an action movie. We run around our little office, calling people back, trying to find that perfect picture of Rodney Dangerfield and other important stuff. We are always rushing to meet one deadline or another and, although the elaborate sex scenes may be lacking, our witty one-liners are second to none.

Therefore, if you've ever had any interest in journalism, or the world of entertainment in general, don't be afraid to come up to our office and become a part of the action – volunteer for A&E.

P.S. We have caramels!


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