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Memes bring us together.

They look like modern editorial cartoons; they poke fun at people, problems or events and are shorthand for communication. Plus, they’re funny.

Despite their fun, not all memes created in our newsroom are published. To celebrate my college graduation and commemorate the end of my tenure as “meme editor”, here is the best selection of my never-before-seen memes, pulled from the deepest depths of our group chats.

Perhaps the real treasure was the memes we created along the way.

Gone, but never forgotten

Even though Hank was only with us for a short time, he left a lasting legacy in our hearts. Photo credit: Rebecca Gonzales

The first thing you should know about The Signpost editors is that we’re obsessed with Hank the Moose.

I clearly remember that night – September 23, 2021. Several of us were on campus for our broadcast journalism class. I got home and saw I had a bunch of Slack notifications – apparently there had been a moose in the pond while we were in class, and we had missed it!

I couldn’t believe how majestic it looked, photographed against the sunset in the background. A real sight to behold. We ooh-ed and ahh-ed in the chat, admiring its ethereal beauty.

In a cruel twist of fate, Hank was hit by a car and killed. His light has gone out forever. We were beside ourselves.

The rest of campus cried for a few days, but quickly moved on. The panel has not forgotten. We still talk about him all the time, remembering those few short minutes spent with us.

I’ve made memes about him before, of course. The first Meme of the Week in September was the one I made of Gru from Despicable Me with his billboards, surprised to learn of Hank’s disappearance. Jennifer Greenlee, our editor, liked it so much she demanded we publish it and promoted me to editor.

When I heard about the infamous Oscars slap in the face moment a few weeks ago, I immediately knew what to do. Unfortunately, Jennifer thought it was too specialized to be published in the issue of Waldo’s World, so we opted for something different.

But don’t worry, reader, this is my column, so I can post whatever I want! Look, Hank.

Software shenanigans

Camayak has some issues.  (Rebecca Gonzales / The Signpost)
Camayak has some issues. Photo credit: Rebecca Gonzales

The software we use to submit and edit our stories is called Camayak. He has some problems.

Camayak is like the old car from the 80s that your uncle passed on to you in high school — the air conditioning is broken, the radio is stuck on a station that only plays songs in Spanish, the bottom is rusty, the engine checks the light has been on since 1997 and there is a disturbing stain on the ceiling. Still, it allows you to get to and from school without too much trouble.

Camayak is the same way. It takes you where you need to go, but at what cost?

We are constantly facing weird little glitches and quirks in the system. Sometimes it doesn’t allow us to add photos, or it doesn’t highlight the things we highlight. It is almost impossible to find specific stories.

Our favorite problem is when you claim a story to edit, locking it for everyone, but that still won’t let you edit anything. It forces you to claim it again – to take it from yourself – before you can get to work.

The best part is that a little notification pops up in the corner, saying, “You caught [story title] of you.” Oh really? I did? Thank you, Camayak! I had no idea!

It’s like Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe 2015 gaffe, if Steve was Camayak and the crown was history and you were sort of both Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines.

Nerdness in the press room

Reviewers are not known for their knowledge of the sport.  (Rebecca Gonzales / The Signpost)
Reviewers are not known for their knowledge of the sport. Photo credit: Rebecca Gonzales

No offense to my fellow editors, but if you’re as nerdy as we are when it comes to AP grammar and style, chances are you don’t know much about the sport.

I was editing a basketball story once when I saw the word “spurrie” in a direct quote from a coach. I was absolutely baffled.

I asked the other editors if they had an idea — they didn’t. I looked it up in the AP stylebook – no results. I googled it to make sure it wasn’t some obscure sports term I’d never heard of – nothing.

I finally called our assistant sports editor, Simon, and asked him if he had any idea what that meant. He squinted for a moment, then said, “Oh! I think he means ‘squirrely’”, which made a lot more sense.

I guess that poor reporter didn’t understand what the coach was saying and came up with a new word. We really got a kick out of it!

To commemorate the occasion, I made a meme. I am nothing if not predictable.

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