West Virginia Universitys student run newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum (DA), has new leadership for the upcoming 2000-2001 school year.

New Martinsville native Jacque Bland , a senior journalism news-editorial major, will head the staff as editor. Bland began her work at the DA as a reporter and then assistant news editor during her freshman year and served as this years managing editor. One of Blands goals for 2000-2001 is to make the opinion page more student centered.

The graduate of Magnolia High School is president of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and Golden Key National Honor Society. She is gaining valuable journalism experience this summer as an intern at the Syracuse Newspapers copy desk. Blands career goal is to manage a copy desk in a major market newspaper.

Senior Deanna Wrenn will take over as managing editor. A native of Morgantown and a WVU Presidential Scholar, Wrenn is a journalism and political science double major and is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and Golden Key National Honor Society. She also serves as vice-president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

She is working this summer at the Charleston Daily Mail. Following graduation, she hopes to write for a daily newspaper and eventually cover politics for a major market newspaper.

Mike Wood , a senior political science and human resource management major from Cool Ridge, will manage the news staff as city editor. Wood has worked on the staff for several years covering a variety of beats, including faculty senate, national politics and student administration.

A member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Collegiate Scholars, Wood plans to attend law school and specialize in natural resources law. He is working this summer in Washington, D.C. as at intern at the United States Department of Interiors Office of Surface Mining.

Communication studies major Erinn Exline has taken over the job of arts and entertainment editor for the summer, and will continue in that position in the fall. Exline, a senior from Clay, is also a member of Mountaineer Council and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Junior Mike Casazza , a journalism news-editorial major from Manassas, Va., will head the sports department. He took over the duties of sports editor in January and will continue in that position this academic year.

“We have a pretty strong core of writers so we should be very productive,”said Casazza.”I think well sustain our level or improve it as far as entertaining and informing WVU students.”

Journalism graduate student Paul Campbell from Weirton is currently the DAs summer editor and is managing the newspaper during WVUs two summer sessions. Campbell, who received his bachelors degree in art from WVU , joined the DA last summer as a staff writer and columnist. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and works as a resident assistant in Boreman Hall.

“When the DA comes out once a week this summer, I want to give our students something good to look at,”Campbell said.