I’ve been posting entries to this blog for a little over a year now. The original idea was that I would get the thing started, and then other Lunder House denizens would take over for limited stints – sort of a rotation. So the photo selected for the blog homepage was more-or-less a generic choice featuring our Fearless Leader, Dean Parker Beverage, peering out from piles of files. It’s a fun image that graced the cover of a Colby magazine issue containing a detailed article, “The Decision,” that provided a candid look at how we choose the incoming class. That was in 2004, a few months before I joined the staff; you can find it on the Colby website. Some of the details have changed, such as a greater number of applicants and hence a greater number to read each day, but it’s still a pretty accurate reflection of how we do things.
It has become apparent, however, that I am the one and only Lunder House blogger. I guess it just seems like more fun to me than to the rest of my colleagues, and of course it does claim a portion of time each week, time being a limited commodity in all of our lives. So finally, Colby’s Communications Director decided that it would be a good idea to have the accompanying photo be of me rather than Parker. Among other things, this will cut down on the number of befuddled prospective students who send me e-mail messages beginning “Dear Mr. Streett.” You can’t blame them.
Enter Kendyl Sullivan, ’11, of Center Ossippee, New Hampshire, by way of Fryeburg Academy in Maine. She came today and shot a skillion photos of me in and around Lunder, most of which included lots of application folders. That, of course, is what we’re all doing these days: reading applications, and lots of ‘em. So it was fun to take a break and get to know Kendyl a little bit. She has had an ardent interest in photojournalism since she was in elementary school, and was one of three entering students hired this year as photographers for insideColby.com, our website and magazine entirely comprised of student content. There were 30 applicants for these positions, each of whom had to submit of portfolio of work and also shoot a trial assignment. Kendyl thinks it’s great experience that she hopes will help her to land an internship this summer with a news photographer. I had absolutely no inspiration for clever poses, but Kendyl took care of that. Look for her work each week in the Student Lens, which comes out on Friday afternoons and features images of what’s been going on at Colby for the last seven days. Check out in particular some amazing shots of a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert she attended in Portland last fall; see Gallery 57: Steppers, A Capella, Jazz, and More.
So now when you read the blog, it’s me that you’re seeing, thanks to Kendyl. But it’s time for me to go back to the piles of files. More anon.
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