I look at the Class of 2k9 in much the way I looked at seniors in high school when I was a freshman. They've traveled the road to publication, finding agents and publishers who love their work, and now they're "going out into the real world" with their books. They've generously shared information with the rest of us, and shown incredible support for each other. They are working in cooperation, not competition. And it looks like they've become good friends along the way. One day, I hope to be just like them.
They take care of their own. Albert Borris, author of Crash Into Me, suffered a stroke in December. The rest of the class has taken up the reins of marketing his book while he recovers. Tarie asked on her blog that folks help spread the word.
I'm one hundred percent in favor of writers helping each other out. After all, that's the spirit of the Slushbusters too.