The Ignatian Kicks Off the Year With Open Mic Night

Senior Dennis Walker plays the guitar at the Ignatian’s first open mic night.  Photo by Andrew Jimenez/Foghorn

Senior Dennis Walker plays the guitar at the Ignatian’s first open mic night. Photo by Andrew Jimenez/Foghorn

On Friday night, aspiring poets and musicians gathered in Hayes-Healy formal lounge for the Ignatian Literary Magazine’s first open mic night. The annual magazine is a compilation of student submissions including poetry, short stories, artwork, and photography. The open mic night was the first event of the year for the Ignatian, but editor in chief Chloe Schildhause guarantees there will be more to come.

Editors brought a variety of baked goods for the audience and those that took the mic. Several people read poetry, ranging from a few verses to several pages. Others incorporated their poetry into a musical performance and played guitar or sang.

A total of eight students took the mic to read or preform and each of them, along with the audience, were encouraged to submit their work to this year’s publication of the Ignatian. Those who preformed were encouraged to submit their work to this year’s publication of the Ignatian. Schildhause, a senior Media Studies major and journalism and art history minor, said her hope for the year is to get more unique submissions. She has been involved in writing for the magazine since her freshman year at USF and is very committed to the magazine’s success. When asked to describe the Ignatian, Schildhause responded thoughtfully, “In this day and age, where digital media is taking over, the Ignatian hopes to bring back the art of the printed word in a bound publication.”

The dedication of the magazine’s editor in chief reflects the style of the publication itself. In opening the Ignatian, the reader is guided by a table of contents that lists the different kinds of literary and artistic work presented in the magazine. Opening any given page could result in finding anything from thought-provoking prose to vivid, skillfully lit photography. Regardless of which page is open, the reader is in for a treat.

The Ignatian is printed during the spring semester and submissions are collected until November 30. All submissions must be made by current USF undergraduate students and each student may only submit up to six items.

More information about the magazine and can be found on twitter at http://twitter.com/the_ignatian.

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