Lex Menz was named Editor-in-Chief in May 2013. She is looking forward to creating a wider readership, involving more community members and raising awareness of the important work the campus newspaper accomplishes.

In the fall semester of 2009, Lex began at the newspaper  her freshman year as a contributing writer for the arts and entertainment section. She also began the popular editorial column “The Freshman Fifteen,” writing about the myths and excitement about being a freshman at Western Carolina University.

Over the summer of 2010, Lex switched to the news section and was named News Editor during the fall semester. Her proudest moments have been an expose on the Breese pool, a news piece on the Cherokee heritage of WCU and her first breaking news assignment of the illegitimate voting during the 2011 SGA presidential election. In March 2012, Lex because Co-Editor-in-Chief with Ryan Alexander after returning as News Editor for The Western Carolinian during the 2012 spring semester. In fall 2011, she transferred to UNC-Greensboro, but decided to return to what she describes as “her new home.”

During her free time, Lex enjoys writing fiction, river rafting, visiting the WNC Nature Center in Asheville and volunteering at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Cullowhee. She has three pets: Sparta and Binx the cats and Nimbus the chinchilla.

Lex is in her senior year and studies English – Literature with a Creative Writing minor. She is still deciding whether to go to graduate school at Western Carolina after graduating in December 2013.