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I am excited about a lot of things this term, but Spare Rib is probably at the top of the list. Keep reading to learn more about my favorite extracurricular at Dartmouth!

Spare Rib is the feminist zine at Dartmouth College, founded in 1992 as a print publication to encourage dialogues about women's issues on campus. Twenty-five years later, an awe-inspiring team of '23s, who are now seniors, revived Spare Rib as an online zine during quarantine. I have had amazing conversations with some people who were involved in that process. I truly admire all the time, hard work, and love they have put into this project at such a difficult time.

I joined Spare Rib in 22S, my freshman spring term. At the time, I was still unsure about my place on this campus and was looking for like-minded people. If only I had joined Spare Rib earlier! Their vision of creativity, ideals of horizontal leadership, collaboration, sense of humor, and warmth were just what I was looking for in a campus community. I still remember going to my first peer group editing, fresh out of quarantine, anxious yet excited, and being completely absorbed by all the thought-provoking and inspiring conversations we had. That's when I knew for sure I was in Spare Rib to stay.

Last term, 22F, I kept writing for Spare Rib and brought five of my friends with me to weekly meetings, who ended up staying to do creative work for Spare Rib. I also started editing, copyediting, and recording pieces for the audio zine, which you can listen to on Spotify! This term, I am part of the executive team, working in community development with my amazing co-leads Maanasi and Batuhan (fun fact: Batuhan is a fellow blogger, read his blog here!). I am fresh out of our first exec meeting, and I could not be more excited to work with such intelligent, hardworking, and inspiring people.

In addition to creating a termly publication full of unique pieces of creative writing, analysis, and artwork, Spare Rib also works on building a community. Last term's community development leads organized a cabin overnight in one of Dartmouth's many lodges, coffee dates between members, and worked to solidify the vision of our organization.

I think what I love the most about Spare Rib is the people. But the horizontal leadership model comes as a strong second. It is such a daunting yet admirable task for a publication to employ such a model and I am so enthusiastic to be part of such a community.

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