Contributors' Note

April 03, 2005

Helen B. Jones

Sun staff member Helen B. Jones wrote the cover story for this issue of UniSun - profiles of four fashionable area residents. Although she prefers road running to clothes shopping, Jones said she thoroughly enjoyed talking to her subjects about their favorite stores, best bargains, style tips and more.

"Thanks to them, I now know that I should never leave home without my lipstick, and that I really can wear a hat," she says.

Jones, a native Baltimorean, is a graduate of Western High School and Towson University. In her 18 years at The Sun, she has served as a copy editor and an assistant editor in the Features Department. She spent eight years editing Sun Magazine and 3 1/2 years editing LIVE. She is now a member of the features copy desk.

Joe Burris

Sun staff writer Joe Burris enjoys stories about religion, particularly because he has spent considerable time among people of faith. He was a driver for a minister during his last two years of high school and served as a newsletter editor for the Episcopal chaplain during his four years at Howard University (from which he graduated in 1986), and he is married to a woman who has just begun her priesthood with the Episcopal church.

Burris was born in Orange, N.J., and grew up in Pamplico, S.C. (pop. 2,000). He has been a journalist since 1986, and after covering 10 Final Fours, three Super Bowls, a World Series and a Winter Olympics, this is his first stint outside the sports department. Burris began his career at the Nashville Tennessean, where he spent two years, and was at The Boston Globe from 1988 until last November, when he came to The Sun.

Brandon Terry

Brandon Terry is a 21-year-old senior at Harvard University. The youngest of five siblings, he graduated from Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County. Named by fellow Harvard students as one of the 15 most interesting seniors on campus, Terry is a proven activist. His work with the Black Men's Forum and his biweekly column for the Harvard Crimson have raised his profile.

Earlier this year, he told a Sun writer how difficult it was to make the transition to life at Harvard. "People were put off by the way I dressed and the way I talked," he said.

In UniSun, Terry reveals a little more about what has motivated him at Harvard. It's something he wanted to share with our readers.

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