Touchstone provides an outlet for creativity

By Cassidy Mayberry
Contributing Reporter

Aphrodite, goddess of love uses, “manipulation, desire and emotions” to guide the actions of people, but Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, uses “logic and straight¬forwardness,” stated senior cos¬tume designer Rachel Wahl. These ideas paired with of visual research are what guided this member of the theater department to create the colors, textures and shapes of the goddesses’ costumes for the Greek tragedy “Hippolytus,” only in Touchstone magazine can you find photos of these costumes alongside a series of literary pieces and other art works.
On Wednesday, April 3 from 6-9 p.m., Viterbo students and commu¬nity members will be celebrate the release of the Touchstone maga¬zine will be held in the back of the library near Robers Conference room and food an beverages will be served.
Touchstone is a student created magazine that provides a creative outlet for the publication of art, po¬etry and prose. Its mission, accord¬ing to the Touchstone website, is to contribute to and praise the creative thinking of the Viterbo community. It also provides a learning opportu¬nity for students to assemble a pro¬fessionally published journal that expresses the culture and education of Viterbo University.
Joycelyn Fish, co-literary editor of Touchstone and senior organiza¬tional communications major from Reedsburg, Wis., expressed her passion for the magazine as being “a place where students are free to display their talents and share them with the rest of the Viterbo commu¬nity. We have so many unique and creative individuals on campus” she said, “and it provides them an¬other outlet to express themselves through their work.”
Touchstone received student submissions until the middle February. The literary portion of the magazine received 61 submis¬sions. Fish stated this number was “the most in recent history.” One of her duties as a member of the Touchstone staff, in addition to col¬lecting literary pieces, assisting in editing content and advertising the launch of the magazine, is visiting classrooms to promote and gather submission. Twenty-four different student authors entered submis¬sions to the magazine’s staff, and 15 of the pieces were accepted to be published.
Molly Grosskreutz, co-literary Ed¬itor of Touchstone and senior liberal studies major, helps in the process of soliciting, selecting and editing literary submissions. Her favorite part of working as a member of the Touchstone staff is “seeing the range of work students are capable of,” Grosskreutz said.
The magazine also features a number of student art works rang¬ing from paintings and drawings to sculptures and ceramics.
Danielle Stark, Touchstone maga¬zine’s co-art editor and photogra¬pher, and senior studio art major, worked on advertising, gathering the submissions, judging the art entries and photographing and editing the accepted pieces. She was also responsible for helping with decisions on the layout and design of the magazine and will be helping with the installation of the gallery in the library before the release celebration. More than 100 student submissions were made to the art side of the magazine, and around 45 pieces were accepted here.
During the release party the art pieces published in the 2013 Touchstone will be featured and the authors will read their literary pieces.
Also, the Touchstone website will be unveiled and launched during the release celebration. The website is tailored to represent the current edition of Touchstone and features all of the art and literature pieces contained in the magazine. The online version also features original music and videos submitted by students.
“This edition of Touchstone is going to be different from past years,” Stark said. “We are inter¬mingling the art and literary pieces, and we are playing the pieces off of each other. We have also decided to pick pieces as “editor’s choices” to put a little more emphasis on the pieces that we believed were outstanding.”
Fish also commented on the changes made to this year’s install¬ment of Touchstone. “This year marks a new layout and design for the magazine, making it more dynamic, sustainable and collabora¬tive. It truly molds the two sides of the magazine [literary and art] into one cohesive piece for the entire Viterbo community to enjoy.”

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