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It’s that time of year again: The class of 2013 has made it through the other side of the Gates, and our once-distant summer plans are… well, pretty damn close. Whether you returned home or lived out the last few weeks of May at Camp Brown, we’ve been able to shelve our stress, reflect on the year, and look forward to what the next year has in store for us. In the meantime, while we business-casually slog through our summers, BlogDH may not be able to provide you with the same amount time-wasters as per usual to help you procrastinate at your summer job (we need to look good, too!). But don’t go too far—we will post periodically throughout the summer to satisfy all your cravings for life in Brunonia and Lil’ Rhody.

We offer heartfelt congratulations to all of the graduating seniors on our staff, and to our founder, editor-in-chief emeritus and “Chairman of the Board” Matt Klimerman ’13. Matt was instrumental in bringing the site from concept to launch in its early stages back in 2009 and has worked thanklessly over his years at Brown to invigorate BlogDH and elevate it to the level it’s currently at today. BlogDH’s characteristic creative energy is a product of his constant innovation in content, design (e.g. this picture of Dean Bova punching an exit sign), and strategy. While we’re sad to see the last members of our founding generation leave the Hill for more professional pursuits, we’ve got our succession plans in order and are ready to keep bringin’ it day in and day out.

A new semester brings a new editorial lineup. While Meredith Bilski ’14 will stay on as editor-in-chief, Sixth Man and Brown men’s soccer groupie David Oyer ’16 shall take over the managing editor position as BlogDH’s current managing editor Will Janover ’15 goes abroad. Similarly, as BlogDH’s token foodie and deputy managing editor Georgia Tollin ’15 goes abroad, Ana Colón ’14 and Charlotte Bilski ’16 will join master Vine-r and cover photo analyst Connor McGuigan ’15 in the ranks of deputy managing editors. Ana will work her editorial magic to ensure that Blue Ivy Carter considers enrolling at Brown early (read: this year), while Charlotte, a Neopets enthusiast, will likely revive yet another old school online time-wasting phenomenon (we’re putting our money on Icy Tower). Astronaut Jason Hu ’15 will continue to kick ass, take names, and go to space in his role as creative director, and we couldn’t be happier to announce that our favourite ex-pat Deena Butt ’16 will serve as our first-ever director of writer outreach.

If you’ve been following us closely, you’ll know we had a lot of fun this year: In addition to highlighting cool students, professors, alums, and events, and giving you the lowdown on all things Brown, we introduced our favorite game BergeMash, launched Brown University Compliments, created a Cards Against Humanity Brown expansion pack, and captured various Humans of Brown University on camera. We brought you the 12 days of Spring Weekend, April Fool’s Day fun with BlogDailySophomoreLiteraryArtsConcentrator, and tons of infographics, and we joined Instagram and Vine. Of course, the list doesn’t stop there, but one thing’s for sure: there would be no BlogDailyHerald without our dedicated and talented staff members who are all listed on our masthead. There’s also no way that we could ever thank Neal Poole ’13 and Joe Stein ’16 enough for all that they do for BlogDailyHerald—these two computer geniuses work around the clock to make sure that the gnomes that work inside our site don’t get drunk and break the Internet.

As we look ahead to fall 2013, we can’t stress enough how invaluable your feedback is. Tweet at us, shoot us an email (blog[at]browndailyherald[dot]com), or write to us on FacebookCall usmaybe. Drop a line to let us know what you like/don’t like about BlogDH and/or what you would like to see more of in the semesters to come. On a similar note, if you would like to be a part of BlogDH in the semesters to come, please let us know. We will do a formal recruitment process at the beginning of next semester, but if you’re interested, shoot us an email, and we’ll make sure we get an application to you.

It’s really incredible how much this publication has grown in the past year, not to mention in this past semester alone. BlogDailyHerald would be nothing without the unwavering support it receives from the members greater Brown community. It’s because of your consistent readership and engagement that we’re able to be a collective voice of the student body and a hub for relevant campus conversation, and for that we are truly grateful. As we break for summer, we shouldn’t forget how special our College Hill community is… or just how great Berge looks in a tie.

Have a great summer. You all deserve it.

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All our love,
BlogDailyHerald

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