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Arts & Entertainment Editor Says Goodbye



My name is Lyndon Seitz and if you don’t know me, I’ve been your co-Arts and Entertainment Editor here at The Westfield Voice for about four years now. Unfortunately, I recently came upon the information that while I was writing and editing the newspaper, I happened to be attending and finishing enough classes to graduate and thus I shall be donning that cap and gown and receiving a piece of paper in the near future.

This means that this will be my last issue of The Voice, and therefore I figured I might as well write something about that, having worked on and/or contributed to some number of papers probably approaching 100 by now. It has truly been a pleasure to work here these four years, and I have some very fond memories spending time in the office. Thank you to all who worked with me and Lewis, my partner in editing crime (even though we had nothing to do with the crime logs, we did strictly A&E).

I remember early on occasionally writing a film review or a book review, so in that spirit, if any of you are looking for a good book to read over the summer, you won’t go wrong with David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. If you are looking for a good movie to watch, try to find a theater still showing “The Grand Budapest Hotel” directed by Wes Anderson. It is the best movie I’ve seen in years.

I have reviewed a lot of music albums over my time here at the paper. For those of you wondering, my least favorite album was Poison Butterfly by Michael Lee Rose (it is truly a legendarily bad collection of music and I encourage everyone to actively not buy it). I have quite a few favorites, but I always come back to The Incredible Story of Mr. Birch by Ives the Band, Out of My Head by Movits!, There it Is by Tall Dark Stranger, Life in Satellites by Ashpark, and Weather Systems by Anathema. I would also like to thank the many mediocre artists who made my frequent reviews possible.

I suppose this is as good of a time as any to admit that I’ve also written the horoscopes that you see in the back page of the paper every week. To anyone who asks, I was truly inspired by the stars, it just happened to be that those stars happened to be a figment of my imagination. To quote a passage by Douglas Adams, “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

While I’m admitting things, I’ve also been the one who has been “discovering” the columns by one Sind T. Zelony. I promise that his name containing the same letters as my own is merely a coincidence. I also do not necessarily hold any of the views that he does, unless you happen to also like those views. In that case, I suppose I’ll take any and all credit for him.

I’m not particularly great at writing farewell columns, but I’ll say it has been an absolute privilege to be a part of this Westfield community and to watch how things have changed over the four years I’ve spent here. I’m glad I went here and I’m fortunate to have met the best friends a person can ask for and the best mentors any person can hope for.

There are many people to thank for this opportunity. I would like to especially thank all the editors who helped myself and Lewis when we were just starting. They made us feel welcome and we looked forward to it every week. I would also like to thank our faculty advisors Dr. Glen Brewster and Dr. George Layng for everything they’ve done both for the paper and for myself. I wish them all the best of fortunes in the future and I know that The Westfield Voice is in capable hands.

Thank you all most sincerely,

Lyndon Seitz

PS: So long and thanks for all the fish! -LSP


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