For years, the student run TYGR magazine has provided a plaform for Olivet’s to publish their art and literary works. It has grown immensely from its beginnings, and this year, the TYGR is changing even more.
“We have gone all digital,” Graphic Editor Hannah Shiner said. So far, she has enjoyed the change. It simplifies the process, making it a lot easier for both her and Literary Editor Luke Jungermann.
The tasks that both editors have involve reading literary works that have been submitted, gathering artwork submissions, and working with each of their interns.
The change of receiving submissions online is easier because they do not have to read/look at the submissions all at once. Instead, pieces can be sent anonymously to the editors through Digital Commons.
Submissions will also be immediately copyrighted when received online. This is incredibly helpful for the student editors because in the past, they sometimes would have to locate individual students to fill out copyright forms.
“For years, I felt the TYGR was up and down, and now it is very consistent,” Art Professor Bill Greiner said. “The whole magazine went from black and white to color.”
The TYGR has experienced lots of changes over the years. It first started out as someone just making copies of the magazine through a Xerox machine. It was literally in black and white and made out of poor quality paper. However, it has slowly developed into a much nicer publication due to faculty advisors such as Greiner, and English professor Jill Forrestal.
“[Prof. Forrestal and I] worked to get budget money so that the whole entire magazine is in color,” Greiner said.
Because of this, when students see latest issues of the publication, they are in color and printed with higher quality. It has a very balanced format with more intricate designs. They also have created copyright, so staff could get permission from students to include the work in their magazine.
“We have worked very hard to have the literary pieces speak to the art pieces,” Forrestal said. ” It’s really interesting to see how we still end up with things that just work together, just by serendipity.”
Most of the staff are impressed with how easy students’ literary pieces correlate with the art pieces.
“God’s hand is in the midst of what all comes together,” Greiner added.
“I’m hoping that I can really use this experience to….either work for a magazine or be a graphic designer for a magazine,” Shiner said.
It is Shiner’s first year as the Graphic Editor of TYGR. It is Jungermann’s second year as the Literary Editor. Both have really enjoyed their experiences.
“We want to get beyond the label that this is just for English majors and art and digital media majors,” Forrestal said.
Forrestal, Greiner, and Shiner all encourage students—especially non-English majors and non-art majors, to submit their artwork and/or writing to TYGR. This year, the TYGR’s theme for its next issue is unity. The date that it will be released is yet to be announced.
Photos by Carlie Parpart