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Though the finalists cannot be named, to avoid favoritism, one said her inspiration was the desire to create interest in the journal.
“I wanted something graphically intriguing that would keep people interested and looking and make people stop and pick up the book,” she said.
The artist said the journal is a “great opportunity for students to be published as undergraduates for free.” Students involved gain the experience of the editing process, particularly if they volunteer with the staff. She said the opportunity to have her work as the face of this year’s Metaphor would be an honor.
“It would be really amazing and an honor to have that legacy with Metaphor,” she said.
Michelle Paul, a second-year nursing student and Web manager for Metaphor, said she’s benefited from the experience most by learning how to communicate with people.
“If you’re on the staff, it’s kind of nice because you get more connections, and you get to know the campus more and get to know people more,” she said.
Paul said students often think they have to be an English or communications major to get involved with the journal, but that anyone can join and benefit from the experience.
“I’m a nursing major, and I think it’s really beneficial,” Paul said.
For this edition, Paul said she hopes students will enjoy the extra push to create.
“It’s nice to have the motivation,” she said. “I hope (students) gain some experience and insight and see how other people on their campus think.”
One of the main challenges the staff is facing is finding submissions, according to Quincy Bravo, editor-in-chief for Metaphor.
“Our goal is to be able to solicit the great work that I know Weber students have,” he said.
As a senior in the English department, Bravo is in his fourth year with Metaphor. He said, after holding several different positions on staff, including assistant editor last year, taking on the title of editor-in-chief was the next step.
“When I first started, I was actually in engineering,” he said. “I started not liking it and not liking my classes and didn’t know what to do. Metaphor helped me realize that I really, really like English.”
Bravo said, while there are many great submissions, not all will be accepted for a variety of reasons.
“It’s not always because your piece is bad that it gets rejected,” he said. “A lot goes into choosing selections.”
One of his favorite parts, Bravo said, is the friendships that have surfaced from his years with Metaphor and the constant learning process.
“Every day I learn something new — about what goes into putting the journal together, about what goes into putting together a group, a unified group, and making it both work as well as play,” Bravo said. “No doubt tomorrow I’ll learn something new.”
Bravo said he is also trying to tweak the High School Editors Conference, hosted by the Metaphor staff. Besides being diligent about inviting high schools and confirming attendance, Bravo said he hopes to schedule rooms in Elizabeth Hall during the day to make the conference more of a field trip and less of an extracurricular activity, as it has been in the past.
Metaphor is accepting submissions until Jan. 13, 2012. According to the Metaphor page on www.weber.edu, the journal’s main goal is “to facilitate an environment that encourages students at Weber State University to express their ideas through literature and the arts.” Aside from being distributed on campus and in the community, Metaphor also participates in the National Undergraduate Literature Conference.