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Editors-in-Chief: The root of The All State family tree

By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer

Ink, paper, pictures, stories and headlines are just a few of the long list of things necessary to create any newspaper.

Although it is obviously not rocket science, a lot of elements, both complex and simple, have to come together to consistently produce The All State. Somehow, for 80 years, those elements have come together.

How? What is the secret to TAS’ continued existence?

Obvious answers like money and technology are part of the answer.

Admittedly, they both make creating the paper easier, but ultimately they are tools driven by people.

People are what started and is sustaining the 80-year TAS tradition. The TAS family tree is made up of editors, photographers and sponsors as branches.

Those branches are littered with writers, artists, advisers and copy editors like leaves.

The 80-year old TAS tree roots are the original sponsors Louise Jackson and Felix G. Woodward. The small original staff that created the first issue makes up the inner rings of the trunk at its lowest level.

However, the core of the tree that stems directly from the roots and serves as the trunk, the backbone from which all the 80 years of growth has sprung, is made up of the long line of editors-in-chief who have assumed responsibility for the paper year after year.

More than any other person on staff, the editor-in-chief shapes a newspaper. They assume responsibility for every word and picture published.

They recruit the necessary pieces to make sure the paper is made and maintains a certain standard.

While the rest of the staff may think from one paper to the next, the editor-in-chief has to think about the legacy of the paper.

Malvin Utleye was the first editor-in-chief for TAS. He set the standard. Utleye had to maintain TAS in its infancy, hoping he created a strong enough foundation while he served from 1930-31 for it to survive and grow.

Since Utleye, 80 more people have accepted the EIC title for TAS.

Regardless of the size of the staff, someone has consistently assumed the responsibility to keep TAS a part of APSU history for the last 80 years. TAS

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