Saidhbhe Berry is one of the most genuine people of The Rock, with a very social presence in the publication. Born in Galway, Ireland, but raised in Milton, Massachusetts, she has strong connections to the Emerald Isle as well as the Boston area. As a Communications major with a minor in Education, she understands the necessity for making sure The Rock runs smoothly while keeping its originality intact.
Saidhbhe joined The Rock for what she calls, admittedly, a dumb reason: Jack Donovan, another Rock writer, told her about it, and since it sounded awesomely fun, she joined. Last year, she was Social Media Manager, and expanded The Rock’s outreach. She will be Managing Editor this year (2015-16), and will kick ass doing so. Let’s hear it for Saidhbhe!
First off, tell me about your new role as Managing Editor and why you think The Rock is a relevant publication.
As managing editor, I’m basically in charge of all the other editors, and I go through and make sure every article is posted correctly and has good grammar and what not. To me, The Rock is relevant because many other publications have specific topics, and specific rules, which can be a good experience for someone that potentially wants to become a journalist, but can sometimes stifle creativity and ideas. The Rock is all encompassing; we post about any topic, from any writer.
It sounds like you really love The Rock. Let’s say instead of managing a newspaper someday, you might opt for something else. What would be your dream job?
Probably a movie director. I’ve wanted to be that since I was a little kid. I have no idea if I would be even good at it, but I love filming and directing stuff.
You would be a great director, as you were already a pro at shooting, editing and transforming The Rock’s video (set to “I Wanna Get Better” by The Bleachers) into a masterpiece. As a director, I’m sure you’d get to meet a lot of famous individuals, so tell me, if you could have dinner with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’m torn…my inner child is screaming Jane Goodall because she was my hero for most of my childhood (nerd alert right here), but another part of me would want to have dinner with someone more fun and entertaining. Can I say RDJ’s Tony Stark? Can my date be fictional?
That would be a a great dinner! Moving onto another big question, if you were president of BC, what’s the first thing you’d brag about? The first thing you’d change?
I would absolutely brag about how great our student body is. I’ve met some of the best people at BC. I would immediately try to change the way the university handles more sensitive issues, however, like the LGBT community, and mental health awareness. Also I would change Care Week to Care Month.
There definitely is a growing need to pay attention to those issues facing the BC community. In guiding yourself on decisions in life, what is your favorite/most influential quote in your life?
“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” It’s kind of cliché, but I really try to live up to that. I don’t want to live a life of “what-if’s,” always wondering what would have happened if I had done something that I was too scared to do. I don’t profess to be particularly good at living up to this quote, but I try to.
That is an awesome quote. Now I have a question about the best movie of the 2000’s (Mean Girls), and I’m asking you this because I really don’t know; will fetch ever happen? Why or why not?
I mean, if you think about it, it has already happened, simply because Gretchen failed so hard to make it happen.
Definitely feminism, but in that category there are a lot of sub-categories I really care about. Shutting down sexism, body shaming, and the risk of assault are super important to me, but so is the acknowledgement of how feminism shouldn’t just be about women and all the crap we have to deal with, because that goes hand in hand with all the crap men have to deal with as well. Honestly, equality in general is super important to me.
That is an excellent point. Now, which musician would you want to have a comeback and why?
Can I say Frank Sinatra or Elvis? Is that allowed??
Yes! What’s your favorite place to go in Boston?
To eat? Faneuil Hall, I love how there are so many choices, and that I can people watch so much there. Otherwise, I love Post Office Square/Norman B. Leventhal Park (it has two names and I never really know which to call it). I love it there, the fountains are so pretty and it’s lovely and shady.
Finally, when was the last time you ate pizza? Why has it been so long?!?
Sunday evening, I was on Long Island and it was absolutely delicious. I have no idea why it’s been so long, I’m honestly kind of heartbroken.
This year you won’t be heartbroken as there will be plenty of pizza at The Rock. Thank you Saidhbhe!
Saidhbhe will be entering her second year on the Rock’s 2015-16 eboard, her first as Managing Editor. Check out her writing here!