Off the Cuff: Casey Ashenhurst
This week we carried out our Off the Cuff interview in the spirit of professional camaraderie and interviewed the enemy: Casey Ashenhurst, College senior and Features editor at the Grape. Oh…one more thing: A year ago Casey was working as Commentary editor for the Review.
What got you into the Oberlin media scene?
I had always meant to join a newspaper, but as a freshman all that stuff was really intimidating to me. In the case of the Review, the kids all seemed too intense, and all the kids on the Grape staff seemed like they were too cool. But then there was this boy I kind of liked, and he worked for the Review, and he said that they really needed someone to be the new Commentary editor. So really, I joined the paper to get closer to a guy, I guess.
What prompted your abdication to the enemy camp?
I went abroad and, while I was gone, the Review staff swelled to the size of a small country. There wasn’t really room for me anymore. I liked it when I at least knew who everyone was, but who can keep track of that many people? I also wanted to be involved with campus journalism but still be able to have a life. Plus, I get mad cool points.
What do you miss about the Review (if anything)?
I miss having the vending machine right outside the door. I also miss having working computers and an office printer. Printing out pages for the copy editors is really killing my print quota.
Although I can’t imagine what it could be, is there something you like more about the Grape than the Review?
This is rhetorical, right? I must say though, the Grape staff in general is way hotter.
Where do you see both publications as fitting into college culture?
I think the Grape is more entertaining to read, and can be more in-depth since we don’t have to cover every single little thing that happens on campus. The Review is good for finding out what the various administrators have to say about things, as well as informative lecture summaries.
What are your plans for Features?
World domination, dictating the formation of reality — you know, normal things that newspapers aim for.
Any messages for your former colleagues and/or the general reading public of the campus?
Who would be reading this? I don’t know anyone who would be remotely interested in anything I’d have to say about campus publications. However, if I really can say whatever I want in the Review, our rival publication, it would be: Write for the Grape. Writer’s meeting on the better side of Burton (west) this Sunday at 3 p.m.