Fall 2010, Part II, or: Ch-Ch-Changes

Hello, all!

So much has happened since the last post!  A few things:

Changes to the Blog.  Ch-ch-changes!  We've got a few new spiffy things coming to the site for your interactive pleasure (not the naughty kind, mind you!), some of which have already been added.  Firstly, you may notice to your right, atop the sidebar, we have a new landing page icon (in addition to general font and color changes).  This will lead you to our new "About" page, which informs those new to the site about who we are, what we do and what you can do to become involved with us!

From there, you can choose to either go back to the blog, or be redirected to some of our other upcoming pages: one that further describes and explains each of the Departments within our publication, as well as another page where you can "meet" the Fall 2010 Senior Staff and includes individual photographs and biographies!

Also new to the site:  PDFs for both the Art and Literature Submission Contracts.  These can also be found in the sidebar, and are currently being uploaded via Mediafire until we can figure out how to better upload them.

NaNoWriMo.  As you all well know, November is National Novel Writing Month!  For the benefit of those who are unaware, National Novel Writing Month -- or "NaNoWriMo", as it's commonly known -- is a nationwide challenge to flex your writing muscles.  Starting November the 1st, your goal as participant is to write a 175-page (50,000 words) novel by midnight at the end of the month.  If you're a writer, we definitely recommend participating in this challenge -- I know some of us at the OTR will!

For more information on how to get involved, you can go to the official website.

Paws for Poetry.  Tonight, The Gym Park -- in association with host Thomas M. Colicino -- is presenting an Open Mic night called "Paws for Poetry," benefitting Animal Haven.  Featuring Arthur Medrano and Jassmir Singh, P4P is a recurrent NYC event devoted to both emerging and established poets.  If you love poetry and animals and would love to perform, this is definitely the venue for you!

81 Oak Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
8-10 PM  

For directions to The Gym Park, or to sign up for the Open Mic, here's their website.

Literary Death Match at Bowery Poetry Club.  Senior Fiction and Poetry editors --- Shakti and Rebecca, respectively -- went to Literary Death Match at BPC Thursday night.  For those who don't know, LDM is like if Def Poetry Jam and American Idol both got drunk and had a literary love child.  Curated by one of the minds behind Opium Magazine, it is a series of readings unlike any other wherein madness (and more) ensues and literary wits collide. It was, as Shakti would put it: "Bangin'!"

For more info, click here.

Epic Photobooth Madness.  To close things off:  I'm sure some of you who follow us on Facebook have noticed a few new Photo Albums of Awesome recently added over the past week or so.  This is partly due to not only the great iSight Camera on the Mac in our "Study" (I think it's safe to say not a lot of studying got done once said camera had been discovered), but also to the great brilliance of that thing we'll call Post-Midterm Boredom.

Here, a sample of how we let the good times roll in TH 212:

"Join the Olivetree!  This could be you!"

Pretty sure we're more gangsta than you ever wish you could be,