Our Final Bow

Our Final Bow

Dear readers,

Well, here it is, the ninth and last issue of TBG for this school year. May came along unexpectedly fast, and now instead of mapping out next month’s storyboard, I am paging through every issue from this year, and damn it’s been a good one. The launch of our Year in Review print issue just a few days ago topped it all off perfectly, and if you’d like to check it out before you pick one up on campus or at local bookstores and coffee shops, click here.

This issue may mark the end of my TBG career, but I really think TBG just might outlive us all. And if not for that long, then definitely through next year because the incoming editorial board is pretty amazing. I know I’m excited to make the transition to the other side of the computer screen as one of you – a loyal reader, and page through what next year’s crew comes up with.

So, thanks to all of this year’s writers who wrote, revised, and then revised some more and to our fabulous designers who pulled through every month. And an enormous thank you goes out to the best group of editors I know. No monthly issue, launch party, print issue, or much of anything would have happened without you. And I miss edit nights already.

But most of all, thanks for reading. We know you’re out there somewhere and we appreciate your support. Enjoy your summer hiatus and stay tuned for September 1.

Katie Sulau

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Our Final Bow

Dear readers,
Well, here it is, the ninth and last issue of TBG for this school year. May came along unexpectedly fast, and now instead of mapping out next month’s storyboard, I am paging through every issue from this year, and damn it’s been a good one. The launch of our Year in Review print issue just a few days ago topped it all off perfectly, and if you’d like to check it out before you pick one up on campus or at local bookstores and coffee shops, click here.
This issue may mark the end of my TBG career, but I really think TBG just might outlive us all. And if not for that long, then definitely through next year because the incoming editorial board is pretty amazing. I know I’m excited to make the transition to the other side of the computer screen as one of you – a loyal reader, and page through what next year’s crew comes up with.
So, thanks to all of this year’s writers who wrote, revised, and then revised some more and to our fabulous designers who pulled through every month. And an enormous thank you goes out to the best group of editors I know. No monthly issue, launch party, print issue, or much of anything would have happened without you. And I miss edit nights already.
But most of all, thanks for reading. We know you’re out there somewhere and we appreciate your support. Enjoy your summer hiatus and stay tuned for September 1.

Katie Sulau

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Catch Us In Print

Dear readers,

April is a monumental month for TBG. In addition to publishing our second to last online issue, we are in the midst of piecing together our third annual print issue, which will make its debut on April 25th. Our print issue will be a year in review featuring your favorite stories from the stacks of issues that have appeared online since September.

I know we’re excited to hold a culminating issue in our hands rather than clicking through it online, and we hope you are too. Please join us in celebrating our print issue and another fabulous year of TBG at our Print Issue Launch Party on April 25th. Schuler Books in Okemos has offered to host us from 3 to 5 pm and there will be plenty of food, drinks, and fine reading material for everyone. Oh, and remember the “Tell A Story, Get A Brownie” guy from Megan Durisin’s November story named “Why Wells?” He’ll be providing the entertainment. This time, it’ll be in the form of guitar strumming, not fiction and baked goods.

So, please mark the 25th on your calendar. We want to meet people like you who read our issues anonymously for the entire year. Until then, don’t move from behind your computer screen and eat this fresh, new April issue right up.

Yours,

Katie Sulau

 

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Catch Us In Print

Dear readers,
April is a monumental month for TBG. In addition to publishing our second to last online issue, we are in the midst of piecing together our third annual print issue, which will make its debut on April 25th. Our print issue will be a year in review featuring your favorite stories from the stacks of issues that have appeared online since September.
I know we’re excited to hold a culminating issue in our hands rather than clicking through it online, and we hope you are too. Please join us in celebrating our print issue and another fabulous year of TBG at our Print Issue Launch Party on April 25th. Schuler Books in Okemos has offered to host us from 3 to 5 pm and there will be plenty of food, drinks, and fine reading material for everyone. Oh, and remember the “Tell A Story, Get A Brownie” guy from Megan Durisin’s November story named “Why Wells?” He’ll be providing the entertainment. This time, it’ll be in the form of guitar strumming, not fiction and baked goods.
So, please mark the 25th on your calendar. We want to meet people like you who read our issues anonymously for the entire year. Until then, don’t move from behind your computer screen and eat this fresh, new April issue right up.
Yours,
Katie Sulau

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Letter From the Editor

Dear readers,
Say hello to our March issue! It’s full of folk, farming, fashion and so many other topics that don’t fit into my alliteration scheme. March is already a month to be celebrated –- the 20th is first day of spring, the luck of the Irish comes our way on the 17th, and spring break finally hits on the 9th. So, add TBG to your list of things to be excited about and enjoy waking up from winter this month.
In other news, remember this poem?
ice-cream seduction
By Zach Nichols
trust me—it’s just like the kid-rhyme,
take her to DQ and
she’ll scream for it.

you can pick up the virgins at church and
take them to Coldstone—
a cherry every Sunday.

It was one of the few selected as a winner in our annual poetry contest two years ago. The contest is back and the winners will be published in our April issue! To all the poets out there, we want to hear what you have to say about love, war, ice cream, anything. Send your entries in a word document to Arts and Culture editor Laura Martin at marti925@msu.edu by March 15th and look for the TBG Annual Poetry Contest winners in next month’s issue.
Thanks for reading.
Yours,
Katie Sulau

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The Internet is Our Scene

Hello readers!

This month The Big Green has exploded into the Internet scene. Sure, being an online magazine means the Web has been our lifeline for six years, but now you can catch us on so many of your other favorite websites besides www.thebiggreen.net. Our YouTube channel is up and running with a montage of video footage from our sledding crawl (that can also be seen in this issue) and a friendly hello from State Side editor Emily Lawler. You can follow TBG all day everyday because we are now Twittering and tweeting all over the place. Hop on Twitter and add us to your list. A Facebook fan page is also in the works so look out for that and if you have any other suggestions as to how The Big Green can take over the Internet please fill us in by writing a letter!
Before you get sucked into YouTube videos, pokes, and tweets make sure you take some time to enjoy our February issue. You will move on to your next Internet endeavor with a deeper appreciation for Native American powwows, a reason to go see MSU’s production of The Vagina Monologues, and a few recipes to spice up your college cuisine routine. What more could you ask for?

Have a great February. Keep in touch.
Yours,
Katie Sulau
Editor-in-Chief

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January and Beyond

Hello TBG readers,
Let’s just assume you have been living the good life for a few days, or even weeks now. You have been gorging yourself full of holiday food, sleeping in to an ungodly hour and ringing in New Years with a little debauchery here and there. You have done nothing but exert yourself. So, go ahead. Sit down, unbutton your pants to make room for the holiday feasts, nurse your New Years hangover, and start another 365 days off right with The Big Green.
I am looking forward to starting the second half of our year off right with the first annual TBG sledding crawl. We will be combing East Lansing for the slopes with the most sledding potential, and in our February issue we will fill you in on the hills that will leave you in ecstacy as well as the lamest slopes in town. Lookout for that.
In this issue, dig into the world of budding avatar romances with “Second Life Sexuality.” Get the scoop on the ongoing debate over high fructose corn syrup’s health benefits and detriments in “Awfully Sweet” and find out what you can do to change a first semester grade that you think is questionable in “A+ for Effort.”
This issue marks our more than halfway point for the year. But it is not all downhill from here. We are expecting many of the projects we have set our sights on all year, like a website redesign, to come to life in the next few months. Our annual print issue is still on track to be published at the end of the year and we have a few other tricks up our sleeve that will keep you informed and entertained. In the mean time, keep reading on the first of every month and every day there after.
And if you would like to tell us something, send us a letter. We would love to hear from you.
Yours,
Katie Sulau
Editor-in-Chief

Campus Progress

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Back in Action

Hello TBG readers,
We’re back and we’re happy you are too! A monumental year for The Big Green has already begun. Our staff of writers, photographers and designers is topping out at record numbers and my editorial team is already proving to be tireless, innovative and a constant source of entertainment. We are committed to working hard to bring you compelling issues stocked with quality stories on the first of every month.
Remember last year’s exciting news that The Big Green had been accepted to the Campus Progress network and granted $2,000? Well after a re-application process this summer, I received word in August that Campus Progress has welcomed us back to their network and is upping the ante with a $2,400 grant for our projects this year! Their monetary support gives us a strong backing for our ambitious list of initiatives. Expanding our advertising efforts, redesigning the website, enhancing our use of photography and bringing notable speakers to campus are just a few of the projects we have our sights on for now. And after two successful print issues, The Big Green’s year will culminate in a third that will come off the press and into your hands in late April.
Our Campus Progress sponsorship also makes us part of their nationwide network of alternative media publications on college campuses. Check out the Campus Progress website keep up on what other publications like ours are talking about.
Last year we watched our readership grow substantially, and knowing that our pack of avid supporters continues to increase keeps The Big Green growing and changing. If you have feedback for any of our stories or have an issue you’d like to sound off on yourself, please send us a letter. We would love to hear from you and include your voice in an issue of the The Big Green.
Thanks for adding a little green to your news diet.
Yours,
Katie Sulau
Editor-in-Chief

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Back in Action

Hello TBG readers,
We’re back and we’re happy you are too! A monumental year for The Big Green has already begun. Our staff of writers, photographers and designers is topping out at record numbers and my editorial team is already proving to be tireless, innovative and a constant source of entertainment. We are committed to working hard to bring you compelling issues stocked with quality stories on the first of every month.
Remember last year’s exciting news that The Big Green had been accepted to the Campus Progress network and granted $2,000? Well after a re-application process this summer, I received word in August that Campus Progress has welcomed us back to their network and is upping the ante with a $2,400 grant for our projects this year! Their monetary support gives us a strong backing for our ambitious list of initiatives. Expanding our advertising efforts, redesigning the website, enhancing our use of photography and bringing notable speakers to campus are just a few of the projects we have our sights on for now. And after two successful print issues, The Big Green’s year will culminate in a third that will come off the press and into your hands in late April.
Our Campus Progress sponsorship also makes us part of their nationwide network of alternative media publications on college campuses. Check out the Campus Progress website keep up on what other publications like ours are talking about.
Last year we watched our readership grow substantially, and knowing that our pack of avid supporters continues to increase keeps The Big Green growing and changing. If you have feedback for any of our stories or have an issue you’d like to sound off on yourself, please send us a letter. We would love to hear from you and include your voice in an issue of the The Big Green.
Thanks for adding a little green to your news diet.
Yours,
Katie Sulau
Editor-in-Chief

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Going Global

Temesgen Hussein
May 3, 6:30 p.m.; Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine
Tesmesgen Hussein, an Ethiopian musician specializing in instruments such as the krar and the begena, will be playing traditional Ethiopian music as well as his blends of ethio-fusion that incorporate reggae, Ethiopian, Indian and blues.
For more information, contact (517) 333 – 6295.

Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets, and East Asian Ceramics
May 3 – August 1; Kresge Art Museum
This exhibit, featuring a collection of Chinese porcelains spanning more than 1,000 years, shows the impact of changing markets and foreign trade on East Asian ceramics. The is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Mariah Cherem at kamuseum@msu.edu.

Being Afrikan
May 8, 12 p.m.; International Center, room 201
Mandivamba Rukuni, the regional director for W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s African Programs, will be discussing his experiences living in South Africa. This lecture is sponsored by the African Studies Center and is free.
For more information, contact the African Studies Center at africa@msu.edu.

Zumba Class
May 10, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Hannah Community Center
Bust a move and break a sweat during Zumba – a mix of Latin dance styles like merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton.
For more information, contact (517) 333 – 2580.

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