Councilman reflects on experience

Tom Baker ’02

Being a member of The Snapper staff definitely played a major role in my time as an undergraduate at Millersville. When I arrived at Millersville in the fall of 1997, The Snapper was one of the first groups with which I got involved. I served as Sports Editor for my high school (Taylor Allderdice in Pittsburgh, PA) newspaper and shortly after arriving on campus I became a sports reporter. and by the end of my first semester I was the Assistant Sports Editor of The Snapper. Covering the Marauder football team led me to press briefings with legendary Millersville Coach, Gene Carpenter. I also had the opportunity to cover several other teams and write a weekly Sports column in The Snapper, which made me feel at home on campus right away.

BAker Headshot 2014

Working with colleagues like Jim Murphy, Megan Longo, Lana Deist, Adam Zurn, and Corey Clayton we put together strong sports sections and editions of the newspaper. I remember eating a great deal of pizza and working late into the night to make sure that we were producing sports content at a high level. The editors were also kind enough to let me write about arts and entertainment, which, led to a preview of a brand new show back in 1997-1998 named Dawson’s Creek. As my sophomore year concluded I was elected Student Body President and therefore had to play a new, different role within The Snapper. Since the Senate oversees the allocations process there was a concern regarding me being a President and an Editor. I continued writing weekly columns called “From the President’s Desk” for the next two years as a mechanism to share with students about what was going on with the Senate.

My time with The Snapper was definitely a special period in my life. My wife, Erin (MU 2003 alum) and I are definitely Marauders for Life. Millersville played an extremely large role in my future life as an elected official, non-profit manager, and author. I attribute much of my success to Millersville and am very thankful for the experiences that our alma mater and The Snapper provided me from 1997-2002.

– Councilman Tom Baker, Millersville University 2002

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