This could be the start of something new

Graduation Season

By Justin Johnson

Tis the time of year when senior college students are spending a vast amount of money for caps and gowns and reservation seats. This time of year for seniors is called graduation. At the University of Baltimore, seniors are getting ready for the graduation that they have been anticipating ever since they stepped on campus. As a sophomore, I am in the middle of the frenzy. I am just riding the current. However, being a sophomore and knowing graduating seniors, I devote myself to encouraging seniors of UB to conclude their last semester with an exceptional finish. Just like any obstacle in life, graduation can be difficult. In addition to paying hefty fees for graduation, most graduating seniors are burned out from the long hardworking years of their college careers. The reasons stem from all the hard work that was put into their crafts/majors; dedicated to becoming someone special and important. And now the late nights studying for an exam, or doing homework, are coming to fruition.

During the month of May, nothing but the elements of radiance, satisfaction, and fulfillment will be blazing the air in the Lyric Opera House on W Mt Royal Ave. There will be the illumination of tears of Joy and embracing hugs along with the flashing of digital cameras. It will be a day that can never be forgotten, yet, always remembered by not only the family of our seniors, but also by the family of the University of Baltimore. The University of Baltimore is proud of each and every one of its soon to be alumni with overwhelming respect and love.  Moreover, I am proud of all the seniors of 2016. I did not get the delightful chance to meet all of the intelligent minds who will soon strike the outside world with the power of creativity, commitment, and smartness, but I desire nothing but the best for all. May will be the month of endless possibilities and where dreams come true. I know that this could be the start of something new and I am ecstatic to greet you at the finish line seniors. Farewell Bees.

Members of the UB Post Shine Bright in Spring 2015 Graduation

It’s graduation day. Congratulations to all of the shining scholars!

Today is a new day for beginnings and a career paths.

We would like to say a special thanks to the UB Post graduates. Best wishes and success to you.

From left to right: Jessica Greenstein (Editor in Chief), Robert Summerville (Production Manager), Keiya West (Business Manager), and Fatimah Nelson (Production Assistant)
From left to right:
Jessica Greenstein (Editor in Chief), Robert Summerville (Production Manager), Keiya West (Business Manager), and Fatimah Nelson (Production Assistant)

April 2015 Issue

It’s a bittersweet moment as the Spring semester ends. Many are graduating and continuing on to their paths of success.  As some of you may know (or not know), there will be a major change to our staff for the Fall semester. Our Production Manager, Robert Summerville, Editor in Chief, Jessica Greenstein, Business Manager Keiya West and Managing Editor, Andrew Klein will all be graduating! We wish them the best of success going forward in their career. You will get to meet the new staff in the Fall. This is our last issue for the Spring semester.  Happy Spring and Summer!

Check out our April 2015 issue below. This is issue is on stands now. Pick up your copy!

UB Post April Issue

Letter From the Editor

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today- Malcolm X

I always love bringing the UB student body issue after issue of the The UB Post and writing my Letter From the Editor is part of the joy of producing each issue. It is with bittersweet feelings that I write this one. While I wanted our staff to have one last issue of the year, our budget doesn’t allow for us to do so, making our April issue the final one until September 2015. That is unfortunately not the only reason that this letter is so difficult to write. After two years of being with The Post, first as Public Relations Manager and Staff Writer and Photographer, and for the last year and a half as Editor-in-Chief, it is time for me to say goodbye to this institution that I love so much and to The Post, which I adore and fear has given me more than I’ve given to it—I’m graduating.

While I’m excited for the road which lays ahead (likely law school), I am also saddened by the one that I leave behind. For me, The Post has been my creative outlet, my excuse for not being able to attend weekend functions I really didn’t want to attend in the first place, and a sense of family. The students that make up the talented staff of The Post are one in a million and without their tireless efforts month after month, the student newspaper at UB would cease to exist.

Robert Summerville, our Production Manager, is also graduating. I can’t say enough about Rob; he keeps me grounded and sane and he’s always there to offer support when I feel like we’re about to drive off a cliff as we near production weekend. He is an incredible artist, designer, and all out creator, and I will miss our monthly collaboration sessions.

Keiya West, our Business Manager, and newest member to our staff, is also graduating and will be pursing law school in the fall. Keiya is an amazing friend and co-worker; she is the friend that you can call at 3am with no questions asked and she’s there. She is intelligent and passionate about making the world a better place and she loves her family, which is what drives her every day to be the person that she is. Her joining The Post is one of the best decisions I ever made as Editor-in-Chief. She has gotten the business department organized and caught up on things that were idle due to the vacancy in the position before her arrival.

Lawanda Johnson, our ever reliable Online Editor, will be the only member of the Editorial Board to remain after the end of the semester. She is an amazing editor, incredibly creative, and a workhorse if I’ve ever seen one. Any task that I’ve ever asked of her, she does it, whether her job or not, with a smile, expediency, and efficiency. She is any publication’s dream employee and I will miss her dearly. I know that this kind of transition can often be difficult, but if anyone can handle it, I have no doubt, that person is Lawanda.

With the departure of some many key members in our foundational structure, it leaves many holes that need to be filled in order to sustain ourselves and thrive. We are currently hiring for our next Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Business Manager positions. You must be organized, great with time management in order to meet constant deadlines, and possess strong leadership skills. Details about each position can be found on our website. Interested applicants should send resumes and writing samples (for those applying for editor positions) to jobs@ubpost.org.

I’d like to wish all students good look on their finals in a little over a month and to all those graduating, best of luck in your future endeavors, whether they include continuing your education or starting or continuing in the workforce. Graduating with any kind of degree is a huge accomplishment, a testament to your perseverance, dedication, and faith in yourself, and deserves to be celebrated. Congratulations Class of 2015!

We’d love to hear from you! What are we missing? What do you want to see more or less of? Let us know! Please email me at Editor@UBPost.org. Also, don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@theUBPost), and subscribe to our newsletter (www.ubpost.org).

Yours Truly,

Jessica Greenstein
Editor-in-Chief
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February 2015: Letter From the Editor

“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” -Maya Angelou

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic winter break; I know I did. I just returned from the Caribbean and Central America and was so sad to see it end. Trust me, if it weren’t for school, I would not have come back. Stay tuned for our March issue, which will feature a photo essay of my trip.

But as all good things, winter break must come to an end and with it we usher in the Spring semester. For many of us, like myself, this means graduation is only 15 weeks from now. For everyone, it means that it’s time to buckle down and start studying. For those new to UB, and even those returning, the best advice I can give is never put off tomorrow what you can do today. This is particularly important when it comes to due dates—don’t wait until the last minute; start studying now and turn those papers in as soon as possible. You absolutely never know what life may bring your way to derail your study plans, so it’s better to get a jump on it while you have the time. Also, make sure that you have a system to keep yourself organized. If you work better electronically, make sure you put deadlines, reminders, and even reserve study time in your calendar; if you prefer the old school paper method, invest in a fun, trendy, and personalized planner—I recommend the Academic Agenda from May Designs (www.maydesigns.com), in fact I bought all of the Editorial Board members of the Post one last semester to help us manage our school and production deadlines.

I’d like to welcome our new Business Manager, Keiya West, onboard. Keiya will also be our Publications Intern this semester and will be writing a monthly column on awareness. She will be supplementing her monthly columns with weekly columns at www.ubpost.org about topics of her choosing.

This semester is all about “lasts” for me. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be graduating at the end of this semester and this is my last first issue of the semester, so please join me for the ride this semester as I say “see you again sometime” to the Post and to all of you. But enough about me! I need to give my Post family the shoutout they deserve and recognize their hard work on this issue over the winter break. Without all of their sacrifices, while you’re enjoying your time away from those heavy books, they have been diligently working to bring you a fabulous February issue to welcome you back school!

We’d love to hear from you! What are we missing? What do you want to see more or less of? Let us know! Please email me at editor@ubpost.org. Also, don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@theUBPost), and subscribe to our newsletter (www.ubpost.org).

Yours Truly, Jessica Greenstein

Follow me on Twitter @lawofcooking