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Letter From the Editor

Hello reader,

As I begin this letter, I wonder what might have brought you here. Are you a Burr reader? A Kent State alum? A community member?

Perhaps you were wondering why your Facebook friends and Twitter followers were filling your feed with glitchy videos and countdowns.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad you’re here, and I’d like to welcome you to the new Burr website.

The Burr first began in 1914 as a yearbook called The Chestnut Burr. In 1986, “Chestnut” was dropped from the name, and Kent State’s first student-produced magazine was born.

With the rise in technology, The Burr staff created the CyBurr, dating back to 2003. The CyBurr, an award-winning website, has undergone numerous makeovers. You’re looking at the latest. But we’re not stopping here.

So why did we change?

Simply put, we’re not the same Burr.

Last semester, The Burr team set out to show the “face of Kent State.” We wanted to tell others’ stories—important stories that people weren’t or were afraid to talk about. Kent State added gender-inclusive housing options, a new generation of poets emerged and two influential student leaders came together to discuss race relations on campus.

After producing the Spring 2015 issue, we realized it wasn’t just Kent State that was changing. We were changing, too. We now present to you a new look, a new mission and a new goal.

I am happy to share this with you.


Marissa Barnhart

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