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Meet: Terrarium-keeper Lynn Vollbrecht’06

December 10, 2012

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Name: Lynn Vollbrecht’06.
Assistant editor in Communications & Marketing, meaning: Terrarium editor, associate editor of Beloit College Magazine, and manager of the college’s official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
I grew up on a farm in Minnesota; after 10 years Beloit is my beloved de facto hometown.

You may have seen me: At Bushel & Peck’s, bogarting the couches by the window, but (shameless plug alert) what I would like is for you to come and see me tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 12) between 12:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.  in the Java Joint, where I will ply you with free coffee and/or treats if you tell me what you like/don’t like/would change about the Terrarium. Everybody’s welcome! Also, the first five people to show up will score a free Terrarium mug. If you can’t make it, but still want to share your feedback, email

Favorite class at Beloit College? When I got the booklet of FYI descriptions before my first fall semester at Beloit, I knew I’d picked the right place—my FYI was Back/Forth to the Land: Visions of Change and Renewal in Agrarian Literature, and it was everything this nerdy farm kid hoped it would be. As a sociology major I got a lot out of Social Strat with Charles Westerberg and Sociology of Sex and Gender with Kate Linnenberg. Magazine Feature Writing with Chris Fink was invaluable.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? Amy Winehouse, the Walkmen, and bluegrass.

Favorite meal? So many of my most vivid memories are about food—lutefisk and lefse and fattigman every Christmas as a kid, the song my mom sang while she taught me to make bread, or the first time I tried lobster, in Maine, or last Christmas when I ate fish quesadillas on the beach in Acapulco—that I don’t think I could pick one favorite. So instead of picking just one, here’s a recent, specific example of food-based delight: a week or two ago, they served schnitzel and spaetzle in D.K.’s, and it made me very happy.

What can’t you live without? Conversation.

What do you do in your free time? Waitress. Play city-league volleyball with my admissions office/Res. Life friends. And travel Beloit by foot, ogling the real estate.

Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests Man oh man, do I ever love a dinner party. I think the current list would include Newark mayor Cory Booker (of whom I’ve been a fan ever since I saw Street Fight, and, I more recently discovered, is great on Twitter), comedian Louis C.K., and Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director. They’re all people I admire for appearing to be relentlessly hardworking and creative but not at all lacking in humor.

What gets you up in the morning? This guy--Fritz.

Who is your hero? Bill Cunningham.

What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Jerry’s Bakery/Panaderia on Fourth Street.  I’d recommend the orejas, but they seem to always be out these days, so maybe get the jam-filled churros or any of the flaky-looking pastries layered with orange sugar. They also have champurrado!

If you were auditioning for American Idol, what song would you sing? Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.”

What are you most looking forward to? Hearing your constructive criticism re: the Terrarium, tomorrow; and, of course, winter break.

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