The Washtenaw Voice is produced every other week by students of Washtenaw Community College. Editorial responsibility lies with the students. The views here are not endorsed or approved by the faculty, administration or Board of Trustees of WCC.

Student publications are important in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and in bringing matters of concern and importance to the attention of the campus community. Voice students strive for balance, fairness and integrity in their coverage of issues and events.

Summer hours

  • The Voice’s final print edition of the 2016-17 academic year was May 15. That edition includes a special section packed with information about summer events that continue through August. We encourage members of the campus community to refer to it throughout the summer months.
  • The first issue of the 2017-18 year will be Aug. 28.
  • The Voice team gets back to work in early August. Returning Voice journalists and new students interested in writing and reporting, in photography, graphic design,  marketing and advertising, video and related disciplines are welcomed. Orientation teams are Aug. 4 and 8 beginning at 1 p.m. Students interested in contributing may also stop by the newsroom beginning Aug. 1
  • For advertising, please call 734-973-3662 or email

2016-17 Voice team

Jenelle FranklinJenelle Franklin

Major: Journalism

About Yourself: I have a cat named Max who helps keep my apartment entertaining, I volunteer at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in my free time when I am not working or enjoying Michigan’s changing seasons.

Why are you at The Voice? I came to the Voice to explore the journalistic side of writing, to share the truth from my discoveries with an audience and highlight the community I am a part of.

Brittany DekorteBritanny Dekorte
Deputy editor

Major: Journalism

About Yourself: I grew up in Holland, Michigan, and originally moved to Ypsilanti to study health care, but fell in love with writing. Besides writing, I love listening to NPR, reading, and gaming.

Why are you at The Voice? To get real experience with journalistic writing.


Haily HastingsHaily Hastings
Digital editor

Major: Web Development

About Yourself: I am a huge nerd. I love everything that has to do with video games, cartoons, comics and anime. Some hobbies of mine are drawing and painting. I have a love for learning and trying new things. Everything is an adventure for me.

Why are you at The Voice? I wanted to get hands-on experience with managing a website, and take the opportunity to use my web coding skills.


Carmen ChengCarmen Cheng
Photo editor

Major: Photography Technology

About Yourself: After working in several design categories, I considered what would be able to bring me into a bigger picture of life and allow me to connect with different kinds of people. Instead of locking myself in the office for all my life, I found the final answer behind my lens.

Why are you at The Voice? Being a photographer in journalism offers me many chances to learn more about America’s issues and get involved in local events. I see it as a good starting place to dive into this interesting media.

Ivan FloresIvan Flores
Staff writer

About Yourself: I’ve been fascinated with stories since I was I kid, especially the nonfiction variety. I spent countless hours pouring over National Geographic magazines, wishing I could travel to far-off corners of the world to collect stories and bring them home. Now I’m 20 years old, and I share stories through the Washtenaw Voice.

Why are you at The Voice? I’ve been at WCC for three semesters, and tentatively plan on majoring in international relations.


Suni Jo RobertsSuni Jo Roberts
Staff writer

Major: Journalism

About yourself: I have a vast and diverse set of interests. This coupled with a tendency towards indecision will ensure I’ll keep listening and learning far into the future.

Why are you at the Voice? To take advantage of the opportunity to be a staff writer and to share my ideas with an audience.


Chanel StittChanel Stitt
Staff writer

Major: Journalism

About Yourself: Most of my time is spent either in the library, at the mall, or following my curiosity instincts. I love listening other’s perspectives to understand the differences in our cultures and sharing those stories.

Why are you at The Voice? I wanted to not only have my voice be heard through writing, but have the community’s voice be heard as well. We experience the good and bad of human rights on a daily basis, so I saw opportunity to write about it with The Voice.

Dorothy GaciochDorothy Gacioch
Graphic designer

Major: Graphic Design

About Yourself: Eat, sleep, hustle, design, repeat. Currently, I am graphic designer for the city of Ferndale, freelance graphic designer. I am happiest being creative, and am having the time of my life! In my musical life, I’d say I have a double major in jazz and blues.

Why are you at The Voice? I am very passionate about art and design, and jumped at the opportunity to gain new skills and development in the field, while working alongside a super fun and inspiring student team!

Natalie AllingerNatalie Jarvie
Graphic designer

Major: Graphic Design

About Yourself: I was home schooled with my brother for almost all of my school years.  I’m almost always smiling, and laughing.  I love to play Skyrim, draw anime characters, and tell silly jokes.

Why are you at The Voice? to become a better graphic designer.


Freelance contributions to The Voice

The Washtenaw Voice welcomes freelance contributions from student writers, photographers and artist/graphic designers.

We’re looking for students who want to make a difference in their campus community. We strive to operate like a professional publication where all students can hone their skills. Contributors earn a fee per assignment.

So how do you get started? Come see us in room 106 of the Technical-Industrial building (TI-106). We’ll want to know about your experience and your interests. Please bring samples of any relevant writing, photography or design work.

Remember, a news publication aims to meet the interests of readers. While we all have personal interests, this is the place for news and feature stories of broad interest and relevance to the campus community.

If this sounds good to you, contact us at

There’s a team meeting every Monday at 5 p.m. Our adviser is in the office most afternoons. The editors’ office hours are posted outside TI-106.

Letters and guest columns

The Voice welcomes letters from readers. Letters should be a maximum of 400 words and include the author’s name. A phone number and email address are required so letters can be verified before publication.

News tips and corrections

The student news team aims to practice the careful journalism that will minimize errors. The Voice is committed to correcting any errors of fact that may occur. Readers may contact the team at about any error at 734-677-5405 or

Readers are also invited to pass along story ideas and news tips by contacting the team at 734-677-5405 or Or come see us in TI-106.

First copy’s free

A print copy of each edition of The Washtenaw Voice is free to everyone. Additional copies are available at The Voice newsroom, TI-106, for 25 cents each.