Odyssey Isn't Declining—It's Excelling

Odyssey Isn't Declining—It's Excelling

I have learned to be more open-minded and sensitive from being a Creator and Editor in Chief.
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Let me start out by saying, I am the Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey at Ursinus College. It, by no means, is an easy job but nothing worth doing is easy. Odyssey built itself from the ground up and in Fortune's article the authors, Laura Entis and Polina Marinova, say that Odyssey did nothing but go back to where it started, barely moving forward as a company.

The authors show "evidence" as if you have the inside scoop. All you have are disgruntled employee's who got fired when the company decided to cut back and work on bigger things. Everyone I talk to who works hard and shows commitment to Odyssey has great things to say about it. You both, and myself, have talked to people who lie about Odyssey because their articles didn't go viral or they weren't employee of the month. Hard work brings in good things. Positive attitudes highlight success at Odyssey. The number of pageviews are important. Let's not forget that Odyssey is indeed a startup company, as you pointed out—as if it were a flaw—several times. It needs pageviews and traffic to stay alive. I work on my pageviews so I can continue to hold myself to higher standards and succeed at Odyssey.

The company may have had some trouble within the past few years and measures have been taken but by no means is Odyssey back where we started. I, certainly, am not as an Editor-in-Chief. My Content Strategist by no means is back where she started. We all are growing together and we will hit some bumps along the way but that makes the ride more fun.

Also this "Mona" girl, has she ever worked in publishing, editing, or anything within this field? It's always crazy and chaotic. Honestly, any job really is. I run around like a little, crazy person every Saturday tracking down writers who went MIA, discussing tech issues, personal issues, working to make article count, and edit about 12 articles. It's crazy and never "slow paced" but I love it. This is what you sign up for in the publishing industry. It's just a fact of life and maybe she couldn't handle it, got fired, and ran to you but that isn't an Odyssey issue. Sounds like it's more of a personal issue. You state that Odyssey "targets" unpaid college students. Uh yeah, in all your in-depth talks with ex-employee's not one of them mentioned that EIC's and creators can and do get paid? Fact checked. Not only can I get paid but I also get career experience that I'm going to need and use to get a job out of college. Money isn't my goal. Experience and job skills are what I want from my role as EIC.

You know what you don't show in your article? The good Odyssey does. All you do is shit on something you know little about. If I hear one more time Odyssey is for "entitled millennials" to "whine and voice unwanted opinions" I'm going to scream. My Creators are so, so brave for putting themselves and their lives out there and I won't let anyone minimize how much strength that takes. They share a part of themselves to help others. It gives my creators an outlet and it gives the readers someone to be there with them so they know they aren't alone. We should support each other and not hate on something you know nothing about or that didn't work out for you.

Odyssey isn't perfect and makes mistakes but it is not the monster company you painted it to be. You say, "Odyssey would “democratize” content by “empowering” people with different backgrounds and communities to write, publish, and share their opinions and stories," and you make it seem like an insult. Odyssey does empower people from all walks of life to share their stories and inner thoughts. It gives an equal and safe platform for any race, political background, and class to speak their thoughts. I have learned to be more open-minded and sensitive from being a Creator, contributing editor, and then Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey because I saw what the people around me struggle with, who they love, and their moral code. I respect my wonderful team and I respect Odyssey.

Moral of this article...Don't believe everything you read. Odyssey is a bridge, it connects people.

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29 Classic Rock Songs That Never Get Old

Recommended oldies but goodies that never seem to go out of style.
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Something about certain classic rock songs always seems to lighten my mood. I don't know if its the fact that I grew up listening to them or if it is just nice to hear incredible music that isn't streaming on the radio. I wanted to take this opportunity to just list some of my favorite classic rock jams to hopefully introduce these songs to my readers or remind them of songs they may have forgotten. Enjoy the good vibes!

1. Piano Man; Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joe

2. Don't Stop Believing; Livin' on a Prayer - Journey

3. American Pie; Sweet Thing; Into the Mystic; Brown Eyed Girl; Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison

4. The Joker - Stever Miller Band

5. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners

6. Jack and Diane -The Hit Crew

7. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

8. Tiny Dancer; Your Song; Rocket Man; Bennie and the Jets - Elton John

9. Rich Girl - Daryl Hall and John Oats

10. Red Red Wine - UB40

11. Like a Rolling Stone; Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

12. Danny's Song - Loggins and Messina

13. Don't Want to Miss a Thing; Dream on; Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

14. Sweet Child of Mine; Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

15. Hotel California - Eagles

16. Gimme Shelter; You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones

17. Changes - David Bowie

18. Roxanne - The Police

19. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins

20. Fast Car; Talkin' About a Revolution; Change - Tracy Chapman

21. Go Your Own Way; Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

22. Wild World - Yusuf / Cat Stevens

23. September - Earth, Wind, and Fire

24. Born in the US; Born to Run; Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen

25. Free-Fallin'; Mary Jane's Last Dance -Tom Petty

26. Three Little Birds; Could you be Loved; Is this Love; Buffalo Soldier; Jamming -Bob Marley

27. Let it Be; Elenor Rigby; Something; Come Together; A Day in the Life; Here Comes the Sun; She's Leaving Home - The Beatles

28. Fire and Rain; Carolina in my Mind; You've got a Friend - James Taylor

29. Heart of Gold; Old Man - Neil Young

These are just a few of a plethora of amazing songs throughout the last decade. I hope I have provided some good tunes for you all!

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The 5 Most Lovable TV Couples

You can hate PDA, but this onscreen romance you'll binge.
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Love is always in the air, even if Valentine's Day is over.

Seeing couples in every way life can be as annoying as an iced tea spilling secretly in your backpack, but when watching TV shows, sometimes it's the suspense of a certain couple's relationship that has us going back for more.

Every TV show seems to have a layer of romance, and almost every other TV show has couples breaking up and getting back together— or just moving onto the next big thing.

Regardless, couples are iconic and can make or a break a storyline. The following is a list of eight couples that just take the cake when it comes to their onscreen relationship:

1. Jim and Pam

We don't love Jim and Pam because their drama keeps us on our toes. We don't love Jim and Pam because we keep waiting for one to get back with the other for the thirteenth time. We love Jim and Pam because they're good. Because their love is happy and because they love each other purely. The office pranks, the office flirtations and the storyline of a salesman falling in love with a receptionist is just "aw factor" all the way.


2. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd

We watched these two fall in love for 11 seasons. The love was so poetic that there had to be a tragic ending; all true loves in literature seem to end that way, perhaps the producers of "Grey's Anatomy" felt their show should follow the trend. Pick me. Choose me. Love me. The elevator proposal and the dream-house mixed with the fights and the challenges? Throw out your harp; this couple pulls at your heart-strings instead.


3. Monica and Chandler

Before you say anything about how this should be Ross and Rachel, just hold on. Hear me out. Ross and Rachel could have been meant to be this whole time, but the two were honestly so frustrating in their quest to figure that out. Both were too immature, it seemed. But Chandler, as much of a commitment-phobe as he was, loved Monica and it was this love that brought him out of his shell. Monica, who is flawed with her own competitive and controlling personality, was mellowed out by Chandler's inexperience and witty, easygoing nature. The two just fit together and that one line where Chandler tells Monica he likes being the one to calm her down just gets me every time.


4. Luke and Lorelai

Luke is that rock you walk by your house and never think matters until you need..well, a rock. From season to season, we see how much he loves Lorelai and how much he is right there for her. How she is all "he's ever going to need," as he said in the reunion special. But Lorelai never even considers him until that one beautiful episode where Luke finally lays it all out on the table, the night of her inn opening. He's that brooding, serious man with a soft spot for Lorelai, a woman with quick wit, sharp intelligence and a young free spirit to give him a run for his money. Adorable!


5. Carrie and Big

Listen...these two getting together is like that one friend we all have who is stuck on this same guy for years and years and it's almost always "so close but not close enough." No matter what— no matter what goes on in their lives — the two are drawn back to each other. Carrie and Big have gone through the world and back with each other, including Big being married to someone else for a time... how did they ever find each other? The fact they did, earns them a Best Couple title.

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