Teacher advisers of The Campanile throughout the years

Verbatim: Alumni reflect on advisers
“[Mr. Neff] was great. He was kind [of] formal, but he had high expectations and we learned a lot from him. He believed in structure and responsibility and he taught us all about who, what, when, where and why. I [remember] him turning us loose and giving us the responsibility to run the newspaper and make the decisions.”

David Swope

Editor in Chief | 1984-85

“I loved working with Esther … I wouldn’t have changed [my] experience for the world … She was a real character. If [I had] to pick one teacher who [taught me] the most, … I would always go back to [Woj]. She [taught] me how to be understanding of people [and] that even in the face of adversity, you can still be great.”

Craig Vaughn

Editor in Chief | 1985-86

“[Satt] is a really optimistic and funny teacher, and that reflected positively on [The Campanile] … he was always, always smiling during class. Satt always gave us thoughtful and honest advice. I can’t recall a time when he didn’t stay until the end of production, and … he always made time for us when we had questions.”

Jacqueline Moore

Editor in Chief | 2016–17

Harriet McCausland

Harriet McCausland was the adviser of The Campanile from 1924–29, when there were 37 staff members. According to the 1927 Madrono, “Miss McCausland, for three years the faculty adviser of The Campanile, is experienced both as a journalist and a teacher and her assistance is invaluable to the staff in publishing a live and interesting paper.” The newspaper was published semi-monthly, at 10 cents per copy or 60 cents a semester subscription.

Ethel S. Mitchell

Ethel Mitchell was the adviser of The Campanile from 1931–33, when there were 29 students on the staff. According to the 1931 Madrono, “Mrs. Ethel Mitchell’s sympathetic work as faculty adviser added to the success of the paper.” A 1933 issue of The Campanile says “Too much credit cannot be given to Mrs. Ethel Mitchell for her ready help and work as faculty adviser.” During this time, a subscription was 75 cents per semester.

Walter H. Nichols

Walter H. Nichols was the adviser of The Campanile from 1933–34, when there were 32 members on staff. “Formerly, the [Campanile] staff often worked until midnight,” according to the 1934 Madrono. However, “with the aid of Mr. Nichols and his watch, the basement [where staff worked] was closed at nine and ten o’clock.” The Campanile was published weekly, with copies sold for 10 cents each, and subscriptions at 75 cents per semester.

Evelyn M. Kizer

Evelyn M. Kizer was the adviser of The Campanile from 1936–38, when there were 22 staff members. She “ably advised the staff and assisted them in maintaining their fine traditions,” according to the 1940 Madrono. “A great deal of the credit for this fine publication is due to … [Mrs. Kizer] for leading the members of The Campanile staff in putting out one of the best high school papers in the country.”

Bill A. Davis

Bill A. Davis was the adviser of The Campanile for a decade, from 1950–60, when there were 23 staff reporters and members on average. He was an English and Journalism teacher, and sponsored and supported the Madrono during his time as well. Later, he “relinquished his role as Campanile adviser to accept the position of Sophomore Counselor,” according to a 1960 issue of The Campanile.

Patrick Presto

Patrick Presto was the adviser of The Campanile from 1960-62 and 1963-67, with 28 students and an annual subscription cost of $1.80. After three years as a lieutenant in the Air Forc, Presto taught English, journalism and Spanish at Paly. From the same issue, “According to his colleagues, Mr. Presto has succeeded in maintaining the high quality of The Campanile and has carried on the fine traditions of Paly.”