November 19, 2017

“Voice of the People” Takes on Different Tone

Previous issues of Vox Populi. Photo by Jonathan Chandra
Previous issues of Vox Populi. Photo by Jonathan Chandra
Previous issues of Vox Populi.
Photo by Jonathan Chandra

 

by Jonathan Chandra ‘19

Staff Writer

The Vox Populi is redefining its identity.

 

The name of the publication, a fixture of the Gordon literary community since its inception in 2010, derives from a Latin phrase meaning “Voice of the People”—and this year,  it aims to be just that.

 

“The Vox used to identify as a ‘literary arts journal’ accepting creative nonfiction and fiction. Though we still accept both these things, we are trying to put an emphasis less on ‘showcasing student work’ and more on living up to the name ‘the voice of the people,” said Editor Elizabeth Kennedy ‘17.

 

“We want its identity this year to respond to a need on campus and become something useful for students that they feel belongs to them in some way,” she added.

 

The updated official description of the publication mirrors this change of tone.

 

The Vox Populi is a student led publication providing a platform for conversations within Gordon College and beyond, with subjects ranging from politics to popular culture. We focus on publishing commentary, reviews, criticism, essays, and satire, as well as short fiction.

 

Working alongside Kennedy to revamp the Vox Populi are Assistant Editor Rachel Dale ‘17 and Design Editor Anna Yeo ’17.

 

Yeo assured a Tartan  reporter that while the Vox may be undergoing a thematic shift, their commitment to high-quality design remains unchanged.

 

“I’m very excited to design for it [The Vox], and to work with their very consistent branding,” she said. “In the past they’ve had very strong design, and I’m excited to interpret that,” said Yeo.

 

The fall issue of the Vox Populi will center on the theme of “Walls”. Though the release date is yet to be determined, students are invited to submit work up until Nov. 14. Subject to the amount of submissions, up to two issues may be printed next semester.

 

The team is committed to empowering students to contribute effectively.

 

“We want to emphasize that because we are not showcasing student work but rather trying to be a platform for people’s ideas—we edit everything we receive and are happy to work with anyone who has an idea that they want to turn into a piece,” said Kennedy.

 

As the Vox strives to reshape its role according to the new needs of the student body and transitions to being a “platform for conversation”, it will hope to retain its quality and its relevance to the community.

 

The deadline for submissions is scheduled for Nov. 14. All submissions should be sent to voxpop@gordon.edu.

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