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October 26, 2009: A cut above

(Photo courtesy of Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

(Photo courtesy of Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

The Signal reported in its Oct. 25 edition that Senior Staff Writer Brandon Lowrey has been promoted to City Editor.

Lowrey, a Canyon High School graduate, attended College of the Canyons and was actively involved in the school’s journalism program. He served as a staff writer and contributing editor at the Canyon Call, the now-defunct student newspaper of COC. Lowrey later graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2007.

While at the Canyon Call, Lowrey earned the nickname “The Cutman.” Wikipedia defines a cutman as “a person responsible for preventing and treating physical damage to a fighter during the breaks between rounds of a full contact match such as a boxing, kickboxing or a mixed martial arts bout. Cutmen typically handle swelling, nosebleeds and lacerations (commonly called cuts). The rules of full contact sports stipulate that these injuries can be a cause for premature match stoppage, counting as a loss to the injured fighter. The cutman is therefore essential to the fighter, and can be a decisive factor in the outcome of the match.”

Just as a cutman is essential to the fighter, Lowrey was essential to the success of the Canyon Call, and his skills as an editor and investigative reporter were a significant factor in the newspaper’s success.

Lowrey had the uncanny ability to write inventive photo captions, or “cutlines,” on deadline, a skill he developed at the Canyon Call that added greatly to the newspaper’s popularity on campus. The nickname was given to him by — who else? — the Canyon Call’s sports editor.

The Signal also announced the promotion of veteran reporter Josh Premako to the newly created position of Opinion/Business Editor.

This web site congratulates Lowrey and Premako on their well-earned promotions.

Click here to go to the full story in The Signal.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 64