Colin LikasClass year and major: Class of 2014, Journalism

Hometown: Crown Point, Ind.

Why did you choose Butler: I chose to come to Butler because of all of the opportunities I could potentially receive. I wanted to go to a smaller school, and I knew that if I went to Butler, I could get involved in what I wanted to get involved in and advance myself in journalism.

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: My most memorable academic experiences in the classroom at Butler have come during my sportscasting class with Scott Bridge and during the two 300-level COMM classes I have taken with William Neher. They are both excellent teachers who made the classes they were teaching easy to enjoy. Some of my most memorable academic experiences at Butler haven’t come in the classroom. Through the activities I’m involved in outside of the classroom, I have learned a great deal about journalism and the people around me.

Activities you’re involved with outside of the classroom: Currently, I have an internship at the National Federation for State High School Associations, where I write for the company’s magazine, High School Today.

I’m the one of the two sports editors of The Butler Collegian; the other is Lance Rinker. This semester, I helped in the production of our 24-page basketball pullout, a huge undertaking for the entire sports staff and other members of the Collegianstaff. I provided a pair of pieces as well as the introduction to the pullout, which I have received some positive feedback on.

We’ve also moved away from covering just the results of athletic competitions at Butler. We have been trying to do more profiles and stories about the athletic department and its inner workings. I feel this has made our section better, and it has had great reception so far this year. I feel proud to have been at the head of that.

Lance Rinker and I were the assistant sports editors in spring 2011. Along with staff writer Matt Rhinesmith, we ran a blog from various places during the men’s basketball team’s run in the 2011 NCAA Division I basketball tournament, including two blogcasts from Hinkle Fieldhouse (the VCU game and the UConn game). This was a very different type of reporting than either of us was used to. It turned out to be a lot of fun and very well received. We had individuals from Texas and Canada chiming in on the blog.

The most important thing you’ve learned at Butler: You can be who you want to be and do what you want to do. There will always be opportunities for you and people that want to share those same experiences with you.

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