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A year ago, if someone had told me that I’d spend the last months of my Managing Editor career campaigning, it would’ve been taken with a grain of salt. It’s hard to imagine the organization you love and are responsible for—the Sentry, for example— tip-toeing a thin line of survival.

However, the students of this school have not failed this publication—they have instead given it revitalization. The Sentry passed the referendum vote; it will continue to thrive for years to come.

A special thank you is reserved for the CU Denver SGA and students who recognized their power as student leaders, and encouraged their peers to get out and vote. All of the teachers who allowed Sentry staff to stand up and make an argument on our behalf were also extremely helpful, as well as Met Media for voicing their support of tri-institutional coverage. I appreciate their recognition of the importance of a student press.

I have some large shoes to fill.

My appreciation also goes out to all of the voters in the CU Denver student election. Thank you for taking the time to have a voice and be a part of a democratic system. Change is possible because of you.

Without the dedication of the Sentry staff, through tabling, volunteer campaigning, and weeks of social media pushing, our tune this week would have been more somber. Throughout the election, writers, photographers, and editors all braved the masses of students, armed with smiles and spare copies of the paper. Some of us were verbally abused, others accepted into literal open arms—all of us went back the next day, tired but determined.

Last, nothing would be possible without the dedication of our Editor in Chief Madi Bates. It has been an honor to work with, learn from, and befriend such an intelligent and competent woman and leader on this campus. I have some large shoes to fill.

Thank you to all of you, who have made this year incredibly special for me. This position has given me an environment for growth, empowerment, and introspection. For all of those returning next year, be aware: We’ll be back, ready to make this paper better than ever.

Savannah Nelson
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