One day late in September, The Daily Campus learned that a plan to bring an additional 2.2 million gallons of water per day to the
Storrs campus had received an important state
agency approval. As the associate news editor for the student newspaper, Jackie Wattles ’14 (CLAS) knew the water plan was a major issue that needed to be covered for the next day’s paper.
With most student reporters already working on assignments between their classes and studies, it is not unusual for an editor at The Daily Campus to begin gathering the information necessary to write a timely story that needs attention, so Wattles started making calls to pursue to the story. What is unusual is that in addition to having responsibility as an editor at the newspaper and working to fulfill academic requirements as a double major in journalism and political science, Wattles is also a member of the women’s volleyball team – practicing, competing, or traveling to games almost every day – and she still wrote a story that appeared on the front page of the next day’s paper.
“I was running between classes and practice while on the phone walking and trying to jot down notes, trying to remember quotes,” says Wattles. “It gets crazy, but I love the craziness. It makes it interesting.”
by Kenneth Best