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From the Editor

June 26, 2008

by Heather Small

Hi. Yes, I am the new editor-in-chief. Heather Small is my name, and I am proud to be the one chosen to fill such impressive shoes.

The fun has officially begun and now, I plan on using this column, not to complain or whine, but to inform and inspire.

Or, at least, that is my intention.

The summer quarter is different for The Tech Talk because we do not publish anywhere near as many papers as a regular quarter.

Due to this, I will only have the honor of your audience twice, once now and once in the fall Bulldog Survival Guide.

So, let me thank you for reading my column and the paper, and now will I get to the whole reason I placed my fingers on the keyboard in the first place.

For the past four years, I have had the opportunity to step back in time to a place filled with old-world spirit.

In this place, you will find heroes, villains, princes, princesses, peasants, pirates, knights, bards and maybe, if you’re lucky, the queen and king themselves.

This place is not one that many “normal” people know about, but to me, it is the best place in the world: the Renaissance Festival.

Why am I telling you about this
place?

I am telling you because I believe that everyone should go out on a limb and do something you would originally look at and say, “I don’t think so.”

Ren Fest (as we geeks call it) is something that I looked at and said exactly what
you are thinking now, “no way.”

Then, I tried it. I went to the festival and discovered something that would become a family tradition.

I am not saying that you should go to the
Renaissance Festival,but I am saying everyone
should try something new whether it be going to a new place, or just starting a conversation with someone you originally thought you would never speak with.

For me, the Ren Fest is an escape from both the modern world and the everlasting routine of life.

So, get out there and try something new, and, who knows, you might start a tradition yourself.

Oh, and for those of you who think you might be interested in such things as jousting, hilarious comedy, unique, handmade keepsakes, or just some medieval music and dance, jump into the geek boat with
me, go to www.renfest.com, choose any state
and discover the world of ancient times.

Step out and make yourself different from all of those who stand around you.

Life is only worth living, if you actually
LIVE.

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heather Small is a junior journalism
major from Florien, La. who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to hes011@latech.edu.

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