Ross Mayhew, according to one of the student journalists who worked with him at The Review, pushed hard for excellence.
But he also knew when a lighter touch was called for. Giving flowers, for example.
Cindy Smith was the first recipient of the Ross Mayhew scholarship, awarded months after Mayhew died. In a Review column written after she had been selected, she began by noting the congratulatory flowers on her windowsill, sent by a professor:
"The last time I received flowers in conjunction with journalism was about a year ago, when Ross brought in roses for all the girls on The Review staff.
"It had been a rough week, and at one time or another, each one of us either had cried on his shoulder or screamed in his face.
"He was the managing editor then, and I was a news editor in the middle of my third semester of working with him. Ross always pushed hard for quality work from people, but he knew when the time had come to be a friend instead of a boss."
The 22-year-old died by his own hand two weeks before graduation. The following year, on the anniversary of his death, he was mourned in the paper he had led:
"Ross was known for his dedication to improving the university and was one of the student body's strongest advocates. His bold leadership of the paper from January to May 1986 was evident in his 'Declaration of Student Rights,' his coverage of the university's computer controversy and his humorous and poignant columns."