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Return Message to the H&R Community

Contributor Jackson Brunner talks about his return to Hammer and Rails.

Jamie Squire

When I first became a regular contributor at Hammer and Rails last winter, the experience was short-lived.

I had joined The Exponent, the student newspaper on campus at Purdue, with the goal of learning to become a journalist. Due to their understandable conflict of interest policy, I had to give up an invitation from Travis to write for this site just a day after accepting it.

I learned a great deal from an organization I'll be forever grateful to. I'm not sure if being a sports journalist (or at least in a print capacity) is really in the cards for my future, but I can't be sure. That said, the experience was unforgettable.

Some of you might know me from my regular commenting here. Like pretty much everyone else, I've had tempers flare with a select few individuals who post on the boards. I hope that, in contributing from an author standpoint, things will remain civil. I feel for the most part I have a good relationship will all of you.

Travis had been asking me to come back for some time now. At 22 years old, I don't know what it's like to be in his shoes and be a parent, but I do know he needs help running this site with less time on his hands. I'm here to provide my opinions and contribute to discussions held about major Purdue sports topics.

When it comes to the Boilermakers, I'm not going to pretend to be objective. I'm a fan first, helping out with a fan blog meant for others who share the same passion. I treat my own blog, Boilermaker Blitz, with the same mentality.

I'm involved in broadcasting at this point in my college career and looking to expand upon that field in my final college semester. For those who didn't know, I graduate from Purdue in December.

Thank you all for your patience and I'm looking forward to a great future with Hammer and Rails.