TCU’s student-run journal of arts allows any undergraduate to ‘show off creativity’

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    Last semester, TCU’s student-run journal of arts, eleven40seven, changed its format and expanded its range of accepted work, eleven40seven’s editor-in-chief Nathan Pesina said.

    “There had become a consistent style for the journal, one that was very formal,” said Pasina.

    Because it had looked formal for so long, Pesina said the staff wanted a change.

    Former editor-in-chief Kelly Trapnell and creative director Mern Haider changed certain aspects of the journal, such as its font and logo. But those were not the only changes.

    “They started accepting a larger variety of work, like screenplays, short films, and music,” Pasina said. As editor-in-chief, he said he hopes to make these changes permanent.

    “I want to keep that edge factor going,” he said.

    The journal’s new content will add to its already featured content created by students, including poetry, graphic design, photography and short films. As stated on eleven40seven’s website, the goal of the publication was to “showcase the different, the new, the meaningful in the work generated by our fellow students.”

    Pesina said he was committed to fulfilling this goal.

    “We want to promote a creative culture on campus,” he said. “Some students don’t get to show off that creativity so that’s what the journal does: kind of fills the void that’s left there.”

    Created by the Bryson Literary Society in 2005, the journal is published biannually by an undergraduate staff of eight to ten students. According to its website, any TCU undergraduate may submit content to the magazine, as long as it follows the submission guidelines detailed on the journal’s website. The journal’s editors, however, are not allowed to submit content.

    “We’re open to all TCU undergraduates of all majors. Some of the best work we’ve gotten has come from students in the business school or students with chemistry majors,” Dr. Curt Rode, faculty advisor to the journal, said.

    Rode said he sees the journal as a forum to feature the artistic talents of TCU students who otherwise might not have a chance to express themselves.

    “There are maybe not as many opportunities as there should be,” he said.

    Pasina said there are benefits to submitting one’s work to the journal. Any content published can be used as part of a student’s portfolio or resume.

    “It can help you get a job or get into a school,” Pasina said.

    Any students interested in submitting work to eleven40seven must do so by October 7 via email. Specific instructions for submission can be found at the eleven40seven website.