Jessica Sipperley, Editor-in-Chief: I’m having trouble thinking of myself as a TBG alumna, much less one of the university. But despite this internal resistance, my graduation day has come. I will miss being part of the alternative media realm on campus, as I’ve seen TBG expand from a budding weekly magazine to a solid monthly publication. The release of our second print issue is a key mark on my TBG career, as I finally saw the physical evidence that we are indeed becoming a true magazine. The editorial board for next year is capable and creative, and I know I’ll keep reading as a faithful former staff member.
Cara Binder, Associate Editor: When I was a sophomore, I remember walking to the Union for my first TBG meeting. The staff was small and very warm, and I felt at home immediately as I took my seat in the Arts & Culture section. As an A&C staff writer, I fell in love with the section. That year, A&C did a burrito crawl, held a potluck and had a sublime time at Sunday meetings. I knew from that year on that I wanted to continue to be a part of such a talented and completely delightful staff. As Jessica, Kim and I pass off the torch, I know there will be plenty more wide-eyed and eager writers that will find their home at TBG. Have a rockin’ time, and take care of this lovely publication.
Kim Bale, Associate Editor: How do you say goodbye to something you feel like you’re just really getting to know? Three years should be long enough to really become familiar with something, I mean, to the point you could predict its next move; three years just isn’t enough. TBG continues to surprise and excite me with its capabilities and wealth of knowledge, and in turn, so do its contributors. This magazine has been such a great friend to me; it makes me laugh, incites arguments and continues to teach me more than I ever expected to learn. I’m so proud to be a TBG alumna, and cannot wait to stalk the magazine and its wonderful writers and editors for years to come. I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, my favorite college publication you’ll be.
Trisha Poling, State Side Section Editor: I remember the first story I wrote for TBG during my junior year vividly. It was an article about travel and could have come straight out of a newspaper – I am the first to admit it wasn’t all that good. Since then, I have written countless other stories, edited nine issues, been involved in two print issues and attended two launch parties. But what I have gained from TBG is a lot more than the ability to rattle off some statistics. TBG has been an outlet for me to express myself, meet new and interesting people and explore issues on campus and around the world. But most importantly, TBG has given me the courage to find my voice as a writer, a reporter and an editor.
Katie Sulau, Global View Section Editor: My experience with TBG this year has made me appreciate the first of the month even more. Before I knew TBG, the first was a nice change of pace. Now, it means a brand new issue holding a long list of rich stories and colors and graphics that keep me drawn to the computer screen. The newness and excitement certainly fades as the month goes on, but the angles and themes of the stories do not. Sure enough, the first of a new month rolls around and leaves me logging on, double-clicking my heart out. I love TBG for what it has done for my first of the months and the reading material it leaves me with for every day after that. After a summer hiatus, I know I’ll be itching for Sept. 1.
Nicole Nguyen, Arts & Culture Section Editor: When I joined TBG two years ago, I never imagined I would get to work with such wonderful people. The magazine was described to me as simply “online” – but it’s really so much more than that. With TBG, I have learned so much about writing and editing. The experience is so different from anything I could ever learn in a classroom, and I am grateful I have been able to be a part of this staff. This year, working with the many (so many!) Arts and Culture writers and getting to know each person’s interests and strengths has a been a highlight in my TBG career, along with the launch of our second print issue. I am extremely excited about next year and what this staff will do.
Lexi Biasell, Sex & Health Section Editor: I have done a lot with The Big Green. Obviously, it has helped me fine-tune my writing and coaxed my style through its evolution. My eyes are more sensitive to tiny grammatical errors and my brain is trained to find holes where there should be none. But there is definitely more than that. I learned about the history of executions and how the Irish feel about our country borrowing their holiday. TBG also helped me sort through the painful feelings surrounding my father’s cancer diagnosis and treatment and kept me up-to-date with the upcoming election. The magazine is there for me, like a friend, and I know it will continue to evolve without me here. We’ll be in a long-distance relationship, but I assure you, TBG, I’ll visit you to celebrate our anniversary on the first of every month.
Megan Sistachs, Photo Editor: As the school year comes to an end, so does another amazing year with The Big Green. It is so exciting to see the magazine grow and improve as the years go on. As the magazine grows, the articles become diverse and the photography also starts to evolve into more than just regular photography. I’m so impressed at a what a wonderful job our staff did this year and especially with the end of the year print issue. It’s sad having to say goodbye to such a wonderful year, but I am excited to return next year and to continue to watch The Big Green grow with new and old staff members.