The Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center filled with students as The Reflector and Write the Ship kicked off their yearly launch party on April 19.
The Reflector is Shippensburg University’s undergraduate journal of the arts, which combines poetry, prose and art into an annual journal. The work is chosen by committee members and is produced and compiled by undergraduate students.
“Write the Ship” is an academic journal on campus that features students’ research papers. These papers are recommended by professors for submission. The papers are then read and chosen by the editors.
The evening was kicked off by English professor Laurie Cella, who introduced senior Luke Smith, the editor of Write the Ship.
English professor Nicole Santalucia followed by introducing the editor-in-chief of The Reflector, senior Amber Pound.
Next, awards were given out to students. Pound won the Provost Award and Joel Landis won the Editor’s Choice 1 Place Upper Level.
“It felt incredibly validating of my experiences and academic work as an English major, and being able to read my work for my friends and family was incredible,” Pound said.
The night continued with readings from members of Write the Ship and The Reflector. Students Stephanie Barnett and Pound read from Write the Ship while Shannon Moran, Chad Smith, Colin Runge and Joe Smith read from The Reflector.
“The launch party was so much fun. All the readers wrote such wonderful pieces,” said junior Casey Leming
Finally, the passing of the torch commenced. This is where the leadership roles are handed down to next year’s executive Bbard. Next semester’s editor-in-chief is Chris Carragher. Casey Leming will take over as assistant editor, and the Public Relations Chair will be Andrew Houpt.