Meet the Staff Mondays: Shelby Rice

In an ideal world, all of the ideas and fiction pieces and art pieces would come together with the snap of our fingers and make a perfect magazine. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly how it always goes, or ever goes for that matter. Luckily for The Auburn Circle, our staff works hard (and plays hard too) to reach the final product.

With all of this talk of staff and our upcoming applications, there’s no better time for the return of our weekly “Meet the Staff” posts. And who better to start the year off than our Editor-in-Chief, Shelby Rice.

Name: Shelby Rice
English Literature 

Shelby’s Five Favorites: 

1. Hot Tea
2. Netflix
3. London
4. Doctor Who
5.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

If your life were a TV show, which series would it be?

30 Rock. I secretly think that I’m Liz Lemon in real life.

If you could abolish any state in the US, which one would you abolish?

I often forget that the Dakotas exist, so I’d probably just get rid of South Dakota, combine it with North Dakota and just make it one giant Dakota

What is your favorite word? Please use it in a sentence example.

“Superfluous”- All I need in life is a good book, a comfortable chair and a large cup of tea; everything else is superfluous.

What’s your favorite piece from past Circle’s?

I really liked Fledermaus by Kody Blackwell from the Spring 2013 issue.

What are some of your favorite parts about working for the Circle?

First is the quality of submissions. Auburn has a lot of talented people, and it shows in the submissions. I know if I have submissions on my desk that my workday is going to be a good one because I get to read great stories and beautiful poems and look at amazing pictures and art.

Second is my staff. I had an amazing staff last year. Everyone was passionate about their work and making a great literary magazine. I think that passion brought the staff closer together, so sitting around the office didn’t feel like work – it felt like a bunch of friends talking about art. If my staff this year is anywhere as great as last year’s staff, I know we’ll be in good shape.

What do you hope to see this year?

This year, I hope to see more diversity in the submissions. We always get a lot of what I’d call “mainstream” submissions, such as fiction, poems, art, photos and graphic design. And that’s great, because those are the kinds of things that a person thinks of when they pick up a literary magazine. But The Auburn Circle is more than just a “mainstream” literary magazine; it is a showcase for all of Auburn’s artistic talent. I want to see other types of art. Interior design, industrial design, architecture, sculptures. Anything that’s artsy and different from what I’m used to seeing would make me happy.

Classifieds: Circle Staff Members

If you’ve ever taken so much as a peek at some of our past “Meet the Staff Mondays” blog posts or spoken to a couple of our staff members, then it probably comes at no surprise that we are a pretty diverse staff.

Speaking from my own personal experience on the PR team of the Circle, I can easily say that I’ve never worked with such a unique set of individuals. On the other hand, I can also say that I’ve never worked with a group of completely different personalities that mesh quite as well as our staff does. Last year’s staff consisted of journalists, RTVF majors, English majors on the literature, creative writing and professional writing tracks, engineers, fashion designers, public relations majors and graphic designers with interests that are all across the board. With some of us returning for another year of editing, designing and publishing a magazine for Auburn’s campus, it’s safe to say that we are bound to have another fun and rewarding year.

If you’re interested in getting in on the fun, learning more about putting together a magazine and joining the greatest staff that you’ll ever meet, we will be taking applications for general staff positions until Sept. 2, 2013. Applications can be found in Student Center Suite 1115, on our website or at our O-days table. When turning in an application, make sure to sign up for an interview time (Sept. 3-6), and bring your questions along to the interview.

We’re excited for everything that we have coming up this year, and we can’t wait to see what new faces and colorful personalities are interested in being on staff!

Welcome Back!

With the lazy days of summer winding down and the first day of school upon us, there’s plenty going on with The Auburn Circle to kick off the school year!

Thanks to a hardworking staff and some incredibly talented submitters, we were able to publish two fantastic issues of the Circle last year, and we are ready to make this year even better. If you liked what you saw last year and are looking to get involved, make sure to stop by and see us during the first week of class and check out our Twitter and Facebook pages. We have a lot going on the first month of school, so make sure to keep an eye on some important dates for the semester.

Looking for more information about the magazine, submissions or becoming part of the staff?

Make sure to stop by and see us on the concourse during O-days! We will be hanging out on the concourse all day from the 21-23, and we’d love to chat!

Ready to join an awesome team, gain publishing experience and be a part of Auburn’s Student Media?

Grab a staff application in Student Center Suite 1115 or download one here! The deadline for general staff applications is Sept. 2, 2013 and interviews will take place Sept. 3-6.

Do you have poetry, nonfiction, fiction, graphic designs, photography, art or fashion related work that you’d like to see published?

Our Fall 2013 submission period is August 21-September 13, and we’d love to read or take a look at your work! Download a submission waiver here.