Southern Miss sophomore Mary Margaret Halford was recently named the Executive Editor of the Student Printz campus newspaper. Recently, Halford took a few moments to reflect on her new role at the university and other interests in a question-and-answer format.
Q: What is your hometown and educational background?
A: I grew up in Vicksburg (Miss.) and graduated from a small Catholic school called Saint Aloysius that I attended from the time I was four years old. I came to Southern Miss because my entire family is full of die-hard USM fans, and I had been coming to football games here for years. Because I grew up loving Southern Miss, I always knew I would end up here.
Q: What is your major and why did you choose it?
A: My major right now is public relations. I love being around and talking to people, and this major just seemed to fit me best. I feel like I’m very good at communicating, and whatever career I pursue, I want to be able to have interactions with others on a daily basis.
Q: How did you become involved with the Student Printz and was it a goal to become Executive Editor?
A: One day the editor of the Printz came to one of my classes to recruit writers, and I decided to go for it. Things just kind of took off for me from there. As for applying for editor, I definitely never imagined myself in this position. It’s funny, because my Uncle George Halford, was editor of the Printz during his time at USM, and I always thought that was so cool. He died my senior year in high school, and I think deep down I always wanted to follow in his footsteps, because we are so much alike.
Q: What types of stories interest you most?
A: To me, the most interesting stories are the ones about what people are doing on campus. It’s always so cool to read about someone you know starting up a canned food drive for tornado victims in Alabama, or to see what new policies SGA is trying to come up with.
Q: What one thing do you hope to change or institute immediately as editor of the Printz?
A: The first change I plan on making is putting Student Shout-Outs on the Web site. I’ve noticed more people picking up the paper to read the Shout-Outs, and I want more people getting on the Web site to see them too.
Q: How important to you think it is that we respect freedom of speech and the press?
A: I think freedom of speech and respecting the press is a very important concept to understand. My job as editor of The Student Printz is to make sure everyone on this campus knows what is going on and stays informed. The paper isn’t here to bash people or anything like that. Our job is to report what is happening at this school and around the world, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.
Q: What would I find on your iPod or in your car’s CD player right now?
A: I think “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown is on my iPod.
Q: What are your goals after college?
A: After I graduate in 2013, I’d love to go to law school somewhere and eventually become a lawyer.
Q: What animal best describes your personality and why?
A: I would say a dog because I love having fun and being around people, but I can be calm and serious when I need to be.
Q: If you could do one thing over again what would it be?
A: I would probably go back and enjoy my freshman year a little more. I had a great time, but I think I worried a little too much about my classes when I didn’t need to.