Ashley Potter

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States

I am a graduate of Salem State University, located just north of Boston, MA. I graduated May 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Communications with a concentration in journalism, and a double minor in English and Psychology. I have a passion for journalism and hope to find a job in the field of professional writing.

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News Articles

Salemstatelog
03/30/2015
SSU Celebrates National Womens Day With 9th Annual Conference

Approximately 100 people gathered in Veteran's Hall on Salem State University's North Campus on March 9. Their reason? To celebrate women. Salem State's ninth annual Women's Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Women's Center and International Student Association, welcomed renowned speaker and author, Jaclyn Friedman. The conference began at 11 a.m.

Salemstatelog
03/30/2015
Tom Brady to Score a Touchdown at Salem State's Speaker Series

Salem State University's long-running speaker series has just announced its latest guest speaker: New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. Brady will be joining coveted sportscaster Jim Gray at the O'Keefe Sports Center on May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Salemstatelog
11/03/2014
Longtime Salem State Professor Joseph Aiyeku Passes Away

Dr. Joseph Aiyeku, who taught Marketing and Decision Sciences in the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State for 20 years, passed away on Oct. 13 from cancer, but the university hopes Aiyeku's legacy will live on in a scholarship fund created in his name.

Salemstatelog
02/28/2014
Salem State Community Members Rally Against Power Plant

About 400 environmental activists protested in Salem on Feb. 8 against an ongoing proposal from the New Jersey-based Footprint Power to build a new natural gas plant in the city after the coal-fired plant on the edge of Salem Harbor closes in June. Among these activists were Salem State students Hilary Hebert and Julia Ackerly.

Salemstatelog
01/31/2014
New Semester, New Salem Diner

By Ashley Potter / Log News Editor After several months during which patrons waited patiently, the Salem Diner reopened to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to feed the hungry masses. The Salem State University Assistance Corporation (SSUAC) bought the diner from the previous owners over the summer and legally acquired the property on Aug.

Salemstatelog
11/01/2013
Salem State Community Remembers Student Colleen Ritzer

By Log Social Media Editor Walter Cicchetti and Log Copy Editor Ashley Potter The Salem State community this week remembered Colleen Ritzer, the Danvers teacher and Salem State graduate student who was found dead behind Danvers High School Oct. 22.

Salemstatelog
10/07/2013
Campus Officials Lead Community Support Group Meeting in Aftermath of Campus Stabbings

Students and faculty members gathered in Veterans' Hall on Sept. 30 for a community support group meeting following the campus stabbings that occurred five days earlier. The event was organized by Salim Moutairou, and featured key speakers from around campus including Police Chief Gene Labonte; Dr. Elisa Castillo, Director of Counseling and Health Services; Karen Hruska, Assistant Director of Counseling and Health Services; and the Reverend Laura Biddle from Campus Ministries.

Salemstatelog
10/07/2013
Stabbing Suspect and Former Student Has Mental Health History

By Log Copy Editor Ashley Potter and Log Social Media Editor Walter Cicchetti Timothy Wells, the suspect in the Sept. 25 double stabbings on a campus shuttle bus on Central Campus, had a history of mental health problems, according to the Salem News.

Editorials

Salemstatelog
04/10/2015
In defense of the Journalism major

As graduation draws near, with only four more weeks to go, it sometimes feels like people are almost expecting me to fail in the real world because of my major. And in response, I grit my teeth, trying not to let the critics ruin all that I have accomplished in my four (technically five) years at Salem State.

Salemstatelog
02/24/2015
Fifty Shades is all Abuse, No Romance

By this point, we have all heard of E.L James' erotic novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey." The book has sold over 100 million copies around the world, and the movie took in about $90.7 million between Thursday night and Monday - with 68 percent of the movie's audience being female.

Salemstatelog
02/07/2015
Don't Underestimate the Importance of College Newspapers

I am a graduating senior at Salem State University. I am also a Journalism major and, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, I am not alone. Almost one in 20 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012 was for communications/journalism, out of a total of 1,791,046 bachelors degrees awarded in that academic year.

Salemstatelog
09/21/2014
Students Need a Safety Net, Too

I am in my fifth and senior year at Salem State University, and I have accumulated well over $25,000 in debt. This year, I found out during the first week of the semester that after accounting for student loans, I still have a crippling $8,000 left to pay "out of pocket."

Feature Artcles

Salemstatelog
03/30/2015
Students Dance In Memory of Meaghan Noel '15

Nine Salem State students took part in the regional American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference to honor their fellow dancer and friend. Meaghan Noel, '15, died unexpectedly on March 9, just weeks before the annual conference. The student dancers "were conflicted in making the difficult decision of attending the conference," a statement on the Salem State University website said.

Salemstatelog
02/07/2015
Mockingjay Slow to Catch Fire

The third movie in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay had a lot to live up to, and the arrow didn't quite hit its target due to the decision to split the long-anticipated finale into two parts.

Salemstatelog
12/10/2014
Salem State Students Weigh in on Tinder

The way hookup culture works is changing. You no longer have to go to a bar and endure awkward small talk that you haven't had enough drinks for. Instead, technology has made it as simple as swiping left or right.

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