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Staying alive! Staying alive!

Gene Ellis began his role as advisor to the Snapper in 1994, assisting students until leaving the position in the Spring of 2015. Photo courtesy of 2.YK.PSU.EDU

The 1977 song, “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees, comes to mind when thinking of Gene Ellis’s reign as Snapper advisor from the early 1990’s to 2015.

Gene Ellis began his role as advisor to the Snapper in 1994, assisting students until leaving the position in the Spring of 2015.  Photo courtesy of 2.YK.PSU.EDU
Gene Ellis began his role as advisor to the Snapper in 1994, assisting students until leaving the position in the Spring of 2015. Photo courtesy of 2.YK.PSU.EDU

Ellis took over for Jamie Burns in 1994, after Burns decided to complete her doctorate. It was supposed to be a two-year deal for Ellis. He was placed in as advisor and remained in the position for over ten years because The Snapper continued to vote him in. The rest is history, as they say.

His fondest memories are seeing his students succeed; he remembers The Snapper affectionately.

“I miss the Snapper. I really do. It is part of your life. It was a really good experience. I enjoyed it. I got to know everyone. You got close. You get to know people really well and you wonder, ‘why do I put up with these people.’ A lot of the editors and I are still friends,” Ellis said, while reminiscing about his late Tuesday and Thursday nights at The Snapper.

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“With the advent of online newspapers and the advent of a lot of new technology. I felt it was time to put someone in that position that was younger and knew more about online. It was not that I wouldn’t have done it and learned! But, that way The Snapper students get a lot more information from someone who knows how to do it,” Ellis said about retiring.

So we usher in the Robert Spicer era with Ellis officially retiring in May from Millersville.

So when Gene Ellis officially retired in May of 2015, a new era began–the Robert Spicer Era.