Don’t rub your eyes too hard. Last time you looked at this site, it was different.
The Big Green has gone through quite a bit of change in the last couple of years. When it started, it was a mere glimmer in founder Beth Desy’s eyes — a vision that she and a handful of writers wanted to see succeed. There have been lots of small victories in the site’s history, and Desy and current editor-in-chief Sarah Hunko, along with a small army of writers and editors, have each made their best effort to create a valuable resource to MSU students and the community at large.
But, eventually, we reached a point where we wanted to go further — rather than merely trying to be a great resource, we wanted to feel like one. Our new redesign is the first step to this. With our updated look, we have a lot more flexibility to do things visually, have our own identity, and most importantly, reflect the MSU community as a whole.
[face] Among other things, the logo has been overhauled, with a focus on simplicity and clarity. The article pages offer a lot of flexibility and allow for creative treatments, and a new engine has been created to run the site. We wanted to make the site something to be proud of, a valuable part of what MSU is all about. It’s our great hope that we succeeded.
Another big change you might notice is our separation from former hosts allMSU. We looked at our options, and while they really helped the site get started, we reached a point where we wanted to do more. Nothing against them; we still love them. In fact, we’ll give them a free link. But it was hard for the magazine to grow under the shadow of another site.
I’d like to give a big thanks to all of the people who made this redesign possible, especially those who provided loads of input. In particular, I’d like to thank Jeff Greco, who spent many long nights coding the site and backend with me; Mandy Messer, who provided a lot of input for the redesign and will be taking the site’s design helm this year; and Sarah Hunko, who provided honest input, guidance and direction. If it wasn’t for you guys, this redesign wouldn’t be where it’s at now.
I graduated from MSU over the summer, and I now live out of state, but I’ve worked really hard on the site nonetheless. I saw what was here and wanted to make it that much better in my own way. I experienced a lot of good things in the MSU community that never hit any of the other publications in the East Lansing/Lansing area. I hope that some of those good things make it into The Big Green over the next few years.
In case you have any questions, please send us an email at letters@thebiggreen.net. We’d like to know what you think.

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