Greetings my dear Bulldog readers,
My name is Briana Weekes and I am a senior at the University of Redlands. It has been an honor to watch this publication evolve into form as a courageous student publication. Because of this I am ecstatic to serve as your editor in chief for the 2018-2019 academic year. I hope to be grounded and detailed while representing your voices through the integrity depicted in our charter.
I am a student in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, studying climate and law. I am from the Evergreen State in a small town that is a suburb of Seattle. Growing up there inspired a curiosity in natural and built environments around me, leading me to have a desire to be interested in the structures of communities.
Recently, this summer I struggled to return from studying abroad in Copenhagen and integrating back into American society. One of my biggest takeaways from the land of the nearly perfect people was the intentional design of a society to facilitate people and community–and that is my primary goal for the paper this year. For me, journalism is a proxy to illuminate the University of Redlands student body and the greater community. This publication’s mechanism is to hold the university accountable to the student body, building momentum for progression.
I am ready to dive in and encourage our student body, faculty, and the greater community to do the same. We are telling your stories–these are your joys and sorrows–we want to accurately and compassionately depict this time. To do this, we need you, I need you. Be present in telling your story. Just as importantly, we need your readership. Redlands is a special place, and it deserves our attention.
Thank you for entrusting me with this position. I can’t wait to get started.
I am here for all of your questions, concerns, and support. Please reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo contributed by Redlands Bulldog Photographer Miracle Cariaga