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FreepOUT: Staff Introductions 2013-2014

By Michelle Jay, Multimedia Editor@michelllelynn
and Samantha Wong, Blog Editor @samzwong

Chris Lisinski. Editor in Chief/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Chris Lisinski
Position at the FreeP: Editor-in-Chief
Age:  20
Hometown: Bellport, New York
Why the FreeP?  I joined the FreeP because I wanted to get more involved on campus and develop my writing skills.

Most awkward/embarrassing story: Yesterday an English professor asked me what I remembered from reading “Gawain and the Green Knight” in an earlier class. Trying (poorly) to describe the Green Chapel deep in the woods, I said “something involving green.” Now I’m viewed as the dumbest kid in class.

Sofiya Mahdi. Managing Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Sofiya Mahdi
Position at the FreeP: Managing Editor
Age: 21
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Why the FreeP? I joined the FreeP because I’m not a journalism major and I wanted to gain some writing experience in a different field.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: My most awkward first day of class was in kindergarten when I was on the playground and started crying because other kids were trying to hug me.

Margaret Waterman. Campus Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name:  Margaret Waterman
Position at the FreeP: Campus editor
Age: 20
Hometown: Concord, Mass.
Why the FreeP? I joined the FreeP because I worked in Boston the summer before transferring to BU and I wanted to get involved before I showed up on campus in September. I’m also a journalism major so I was excited to pursue it extracurricularly.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: As for a bad first day story, I don’t really have one. I’ve definitely done embarrassing things on the first day — without question — but I’ve probably blocked them out. On the first day of field hockey camp at UMass one year, I dropped a plate full of food in the middle of the dining hall during our first meal and the entire huge room, packed with girls, went totally silent. It was awkward.

Kyle Plants. City Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Kyle Plantz
Position at the FreeP: City editor
Age: 20
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Why the FreeP?  I joined the FreeP because I wanted to get some experience in journalism before I decided on what my major was going to be. I didn’t know if I wanted to do news/editorial or broadcast, but my experience at the FreeP has made me want to pursue writing for a newspaper or online news outlet.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: My most awkward first day of school was when I was in 8th grade during lunch when some of my friends put applesauce on my chair and I went up to get a snack and didn’t check my chair when I went to sit down. Long story short, I had to walk around the rest of the day with a huge applesauce stain on my butt. Everyone loved me.

Sarah Kirkpatrick. Sports Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Sarah Kirkpatrick
Position at the FreeP: Sports editor
Age: 19
Hometown: Mukilteo, Washington
Why the FreeP?  I joined the FreeP to write about cross country and ended up doing a lot more than that.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: My most awkward first day of school was my senior year of high school. I had foot surgery two weeks prior to my first day and was on one of those knee scooter things, so all the teachers made a way bigger deal than they needed to about making sure I was comfortable. And all of my classmates wanted to ride the scooter around the classroom.

Brian Latimer. Opinion Editor/PHOTO via Michelle Jay

Name: Brian Latimer
Position at the FreeP: Opinion editor
Age: 20
Hometown: Montclair, New Jersey
Why the FreeP? Unknown
Most embarrassing/awkward story: For the past 5 or so years I have had a case of the hiccups. It’s not like I hiccup 24/7, but I get them every day. Today, in a class of 88 people, I hiccuped so loud in the front row the professor stopped speaking, stared at me and chuckled.

Sarah Fisher. Photo Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Sarah Fisher
Position at the FreeP: Photo editor
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Why the FreeP? I joined the Photo section of the FreeP half by accident – I’ve always loved photography, but I never had a chance to shoot as a photojournalist. I shot for my high school newspaper, but I wasn’t wild about shooting school meetings and fundraisers. With FreeP, I’ve seen so much more of Boston than I would have otherwise, all while building my portfolio.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: This past Tuesday, I fell asleep in one of my classes. When I woke up, I started nodding enthusiastically to whatever my professor was saying, so he called on me in front of the entire 100+ people lecture hall. I just turned red and waited for someone else to answer.

Michelle Jay. Multimedia Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name:Michelle Jay
Position at the FreeP: Multimedia editor
Age: 21
Hometown: Westmont, Illinois
Why the FreeP? I joined the photo staff of the FreeP when I got to BU because I enjoy using photos to tell stories. I figured this was as good a place as any to do so. Somehow, I’m still here, just telling stories in a different way this semester.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: On my first day of 6th grade, there was a class on my schedule that wasn’t actually my class. There was a class in that room and I kept getting sent back there. But, it was an 8th grade Spanish class and I was supposed to be in study hall.

Christina Janansky. Features Editor/PHOTO VIA Michelle Jay

Name: Christina Janansky
Position at the FreeP: Features editor
Age: 21
Hometown: Egg Harbor Town, New Jersey
Why the FreeP? Since my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue journalism, though I didn’t really know what kind. I joined the FreeP my sophomore year for this very reason – to figure out where I could best ‘fit’ within the journalism world. And I found it through doing the FreeP, which rules.
Most awkward/embarrassing story: My most awkward first day happened my freshman year of college. My roommate and I were walking to the FitRec so I could meet her parents before class. Her mom, the most welcoming lady ever, immediately greeted me with a huge hug. Her dad, on the other hand, continued his business call, paying no attention to us at all. After talking for a few minutes, my roommate and her mom decided to get in the car and head to the bookstore – but I still hadn’t met her dad. Given how friendly her and her mom were, I waited around for a couple minutes for him to get off the phone and, when he finally did, I began approaching him. When I was about one foot away, he put his arms out…so I thought, ‘oh, he wants a hug.’ So I wrapped my arms tightly around him for a good 10 seconds before I realized he wasn’t hugging me back… Turns out he had put his arms out in an attempt to get around me on the sidewalk/had absolutely no idea who I was.

My Adventures in Sydney

By Sofiya Mahdi, Staff Writer

Sydney boasts a beautiful coastline/PHOTO VIA Sofiya Mahdi

I had not anticipated how much Sydney would get under my skin. Calling London home, going to school in Boston, spending the spring in Washington, D.C. and  having lived in Dubai and Geneva as well, I figured I was a professional at diving headfirst into the unknown and being unfazed by the whole ordeal. Spending a few days in Singapore before braving the fog to eventually land in Sydney, I looked forward to interning at a think tank on international policy, learning about sustainable urban design in class and throwing myself into unfamiliar surroundings.

Despite being geographically isolated on a map, the city still seemed connected to the rest of the world. The pulse that courses through any major city’s veins is still present here. There was one difference: our internet connection was terrible. It may seem a trivial detail, but this essentially cut me off from my home and school ties and forced me to really admire where I was, reflect on where I’ve been and who I’ve discovered myself to be these past few weeks.

Whether it was snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, having food thrown into my mouth at Benihana on the Gold Coast or watching the sunset behind the Sydney Opera House, I never anticipated my Australian experience to be one that impacted me this much. As I held a warm, soft koala in my arms I turned to grin like an idiot at the waiting camera. It may have only been eight weeks of my life, but the connection I made with that city and the snippets of the country is one that I will never forget.

As I landed back at London Heathrow, the past two months almost didn’t seem real. But I know my love for Sydney had only just begun.

Instagram, FreeP style

Our first instagram! http://instagr.am/p/PdOpIEo_R6/

After months of watching all of you post artsy pictures of your meals, outfits, pets and adventures, The Daily Free Press is finally joining in! Our office is excited to start sharing images from our news stories and our newsroom with you, from reporters documenting stories to any number of interesting finds on our decorated office walls.

You can find us at dailyfreepress on Instagram and be sure to check out our Facebook page for our activity. Feel free to tag us in your captions if you take any cool pictures of Boston University or beyond; we want to know what’s going on in different communities and you are our spectrum of different perspectives!

After playing around with filters, it’s safe to say the news just got rosy.

Happy instagramming!

Awks high school photos, featuring Sofiya Mahdi

By Lauren Dezenski, Features Associate Editor–Blog

Hailing from just across the pond, Sofiya is the FreeP’s resident foreigner. Though she doesn’t have an accent, making it super awkward when you see on her Facebook that she’s from England, but then she speaks like an American. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…

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