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The Eastern Echo Sunday, June 16, 2024 | Print Archive
The Eastern Echo

About Us

Mission Statement

The Eastern Echo informs the Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti community by highlighting newsworthy content in a fair, accurate and timely manner.

About The Echo

First called the Normal News when founded in 1881, The Eastern Echo has served the Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti communities as an independent student newspaper for more than 140 years. The Echo distributes weekly printed editions on campus and throughout Ypsilanti during the fall and winter academic semesters; and publishes year-round on the web.

Launched as a monthly newspaper, The Echo grew in circulation and frequency, moving to publishing three times a week for a while beginning in the 1970s. While the print edition was suspended briefly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when the university canceled all in-person activities, the student media team continue to publish through The Echo website. Print editions resumed in the fall of 2021.  For a glimpse at the newspaper's history, visit this timeline created on the Knight Lab website: History of The Eastern Echo.

Summer 2024 Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Ameera Salman, 

Managing Editor: Victoria Smith,

Copy Chief: Emma Owens,

Sports Editor: Elena Davis,

Podcast Editor: Alex Kreps,

Arts & Entertainment Editor: Madison Cantrell:

Design Chief: Rylee Curley,

Photo Editor: Mars Taylor,

Digital Editor: Julez DeShetler,

Copy Editor: Noah Cimaroli,

Business Manager: Aidan Bonney:

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Getting Involved

Interested in joining the Echo staff?

Go to the jobs page or contact the managing editor with any questions.

Need advertising information?

Visit the advertise page for more information, where interested advertisers can fill out an inquiry request. Inquiries can also be made by contacting Business Manager Aidan Bonney at or Student Media Director Christine Uthoff at

The Echo offices in King Hall are always open to members of the Ypsilanti community. Stop by for a chat and see the faces behind the newspaper.

What does independent mean?

Per Eastern Michigan University regents' policy and board practice, The Eastern Echo newspaper and other student-created media in the Department of Student Media operate independently in order to provide editorial freedom for the student editors. The Student Media Board of Directors provides oversight, and the director of Student Media administers the department on behalf of the board. The university and/or university administrators or officials do not dictate, preview, vet or veto content in the student-created media. All Echo employees are required to be at least part-time students at the university. The only full-time staff member is the department director who advises the editors and staff but does not exercise prior restraint on content matters. The director also oversees the day-to-day operations, including advertising sales, and implements department policies and procedures.

Director of Student Media Christine Uthoff can be reached at or 734-487-1935.

Reader Comments

The Eastern Echo encourages readers to participate in a dialog on the news and information presented on The Echo website by submitting comments. Not all reader comments will be published, and some comments, after publication, will be removed if they are deemed offensive, off-topic, inflammatory or spam by the editors.

Reader comments that will be removed from The Echo site include but are not limited to:

  • Hate speech or personal attacks
  • Comments intended to incite violence
  • Commenter pretending to be someone else
  • Plagiarized comments or copyright infringement
  • Spam and advertising

The editors do not pre-screen reader comments. Therefore, some unacceptable comments may appear online briefly until reviewed and removed by an editor.

Readers who feel a comment is unacceptable for any of the reasons stated above are encouraged to click on the “Flag for moderation” link below the comment and alert the editors. Readers are also encouraged to contact the editors directly by email at the addresses listed above.

Julez DeShetler and Queso Tone catch up after a short hiatus due to illness and someones birthday. The pair talk about their semesters and the final big events of the year, the Eastern Echo Media Gala and Rock The Patio. The latter playing host to Eagletainment's very own Queso Tone as a musical performance, with the shows closing act Anthony Roperti a former guest of the show.