I remember this time last year when I was taking over the reins as the editor of the Harbus from Kay. The time commitment, the expectations of my classmates, and the mandate of improving the publication was bearing very heavily in my mind. In hindsight, I must admit that this has turned out to be one of the best ‘jobs’ I have held, in more ways than one.
Firstly, I would be nowhere without the support of our fantastic staff. I am particularly indebted to Catherine Tomezsko, the General Manager of the Harbus. From having a great eye for copy editing to filling for me when I was recruiting, she has been instrumental in ensuring that the newspaper is available on stands every Monday.
The colorful graphics and the smart layout of the newspaper would not have been possible without the skill and the experience of Marianne, our Graphic Designer.
My sincere thanks to Ellie McBarnet, the ad manager, for her hard work in managing ads during a downturn. Ads are our principal source of revenue and our profits from operations are donated to the Harbus Foundation, which provides grant awards to organizations promoting education, literacy and journalism in Boston.
The business side of the newspaper was handled remarkably by Publisher, Ami Malaviya, whose relentless focus on sprucing costs and expanding other revenue streams made sure that we hit our targets. I would also like to thank the Chairman of the Board, Dan Monahan, and Members of the Board, Diana Dosik, Shruti Saini, Jyoti Mishra, and Howard Scott for their insights, ideas, recommendations, and general oversight.
As we transition out, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the new Harbus Leadership team. With Editor-in-Chief, Jehan deFonseka (NB); Publisher, Miguel Ruiz (ND); Chairman of the Board, Colin Barry (NB) and Board Members, Reena Gautam (NI), Paul Chong (NE), William Clayton (NB), Nina Haldipur (NG), and Christopher Whipps (NC), I am confident that the paper is in very secure and committed hands. Congratulations to the new team. I am excited to see where they take the publication next year.
To the writers and columnists, I am amazed at the ideas and thoughts that each of you had and the commitment you showed in getting your work to print. The Harbus is nothing if not for its content and I was blown away by many of your articles. We had a great variety of articles this year- interviews, IXP stories, summer experiences, start ups, opinions and humor, and I hope that we were able to provide a good mix to our readers.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to each of our readers- students, professors, administration, staff, and guests. I hope that you have enjoyed reading a copy of the Harbus every Monday as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you. I also hope that you will continue to support Jehan and his team with the same love that you had for us and our beloved publication.