Hailey Lange was awarded the Best Senior Thesis award from the Languages and Communication Department at the Fall Colloquium on Friday, Dec. 4.
Hailey’s paper was entitled, “Headline: ‘Thugs Terrorize Baltimore after Gray’s Death!’” Hailey looked at framing techniques of three major television networks. She wanted to determine whether or not news coverage of the Baltimore riots was biased against civil demonstrators.
“I didn’t know Hailey well until we were able to work closely together during this semester. She is a sweet girl. She’s compassionate, hardworking and definitely encouraging,” said classmate Drew Sagona.
Hailey was among 25 students that had to conduct a thesis assignment for the Communication 498 capstone course. Senior’s topics ranged from sports in communication to communication in the workplace.
Seniors had 15 weeks to conduct their study and then papers were graded by multiple faculty and graduate assistants. Seniors then had to attend the Fall Colloquium to defend their research.
Hailey did not achieve this award by lollygagging through the course. Hailey said that she dedicated five to 10 hours a week to work on her paper.
“Throughout the semester I noticed her always on the computer. She would have me read and edit her paper and she would have a professor edit it,” said Hailey’s sister Tyler Lange.
Although Hailey has made her mark in communication by adding to the existing research in the field, this is not the college career Hailey originally planned.
Hailey was originally a Ragin’ Cajun and an architecture major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout high school she was heavily involved with talented art. She knew she loved art, but didn’t think the pay would be good for an artist, so she decided architecture would be a good fit.
Once she realized she had to take a number of physics and math courses, she decided the architecture field was not for her, and she transferred to Southeastern.
“Once I got to Southeastern and looked into the communication program I fell in love,” said Hailey.
Hailey’s family would like her to attend graduate school after she graduates this upcoming Saturday.
“She is destined for greatness. As a family we are pushing her to go to graduate school. Her paper was really on the graduate level” said Tyler.
Hailey plans to further her education at the graduate level next fall after she travels and moves to North Carolina.