The History of
Front: Michal Vydrzel.
to right): Rashed Khan, Katarina Kubesova, Jennifer Prather,
In the spring of 2002, Rashed Khan, Edwin
Kubesova, Jennifer Prather and Michal
Vydrzel decided to start
an independent news Web site for Berea College. At that time, there
were only three Berea College student publications: the campus
newspaper "The Pinnacle"; the campus literary magazine, "The
Zephyr"; and the Berea College yearbook, "Chimes".
With a goal of building a site to report on events within 24 hours
of an event's conclusion, this extraordinary group of students
combined their expertise in databases, programming languages, web
design, journalism, public relations, photography, leadership,
marketing, and motivating others. Four months later, BC
no longer a concept, but a reality.
Deciding to run the site independently from the college and with
no financial support, this group relied on themselves and volunteers
to report the news. With a single digital camera, this group reported
on 686 upcoming events, covered nearly 300 events, and shot more
than 9,000 photographs. In addition, this team also built a message
board site called BC Live Lounge. Quickly, BC Live gained an immense
popularity. In total, the site was visited by more than 90,000
people and had more than 5 million hits.
BC Live received impressive praise and support from students,
alumni, staff and faculty. Here are a few examples:
My name is Belinda Riddle and I am a graduate of Berea College.
I live here in Berea and our family was a host family to two
of the Danish Gymnasts that were here last week. I e-mailed them
and told them about your site and they LOVED it! You do have
a fantastic site and I wanted to commend you on the job you are
doing. Keep up the good work and know that you are appreciated!
BC Live provided a great example of what a few talented and
determined students can do to enrich the culture of a whole College.
BC Live is one of the first places I look to learn what is really
Dave Porter, Provost
I have been very impressed by the timeliness of BC Live and
industriousness of the students responsible for maintaining the
site. I think BC Live has helped Berea to begin thinking "outside
the box" on how to provide current, newsworthy information.
Thanks for what you are doing!"
Joe Bagnoli, Associate Provost
Hey Guys, I am studying abroad in Ghana and I am enjoying seeing
the BC-Live on the internet. Its great to feel somewhat connected
to Berea life over here.
I want to thank you all for the website and keeping the Berea
College community informed. As the Women's Soccer Coach, I have
enjoyed reading all the news you have reported. My wife, Adina,
is a Berea College Alumni and we live in Lexington. Until BC
Live we always talked about how we had missed another event on
campus. Now we are able to attend and enjoy many more functions
by just going to the source....BC Live! Keep up the great work!
Francis O'Hara, Berea College Women’s Soccer