Friday Favorites

Coming back from spring break isn’t easy. Especially when the ever-indecisive Alabama weather decides to greet returning students with a lovely dose of cold and rainy Monday. But despite the dreary start, post-spring break week has definitely had its bright and sunshiney moments. Here’s some of the Circle’s favorites for this week:

1. HE’S BACK

Bruce Pearl is back on the Plains, and we’re loving it! Who cares about the dreary post-spring break weather when we get to have this crazy cat ruling the Jungle? Miss the epic press conference on Tuesday? Here’s a link to the video.

2. This Week’s Episode of Auburn Sings

While the Circle staff has been busy designing a magazine that showcases some of Auburn’s best artistic talent, our friends at Eagle Eye TV have been on the hunt for some of Auburn’s best musical talent. This week’s episode of Auburn Sings was by far one of our highlights of the week! Be sure to check it out here to see the final four sing for guest judges Sammie Coates and Miss Auburn, Meg McGuffin.

3. Art Meets Grammar

The piece of work in this Buzzfeed article combines design, literature and the art of grammar. How could we not favorite this? See the full article here.

4. $1 Books

If you’re looking to stock up on your favorite books or interested in trying a blind date with a new book, the Friends of the Auburn Public Library are hosting a book sale this Saturday (March 22), and almost all of the books will be on sale for either 50 cents or $1. To take part in the epic book sale, put the kindle down, head up to Dean Road Recreation Center from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., and trade in some quarters for a good, old-fashioned paperback. Books on a college budget. What’s not to love?

5. Sunny and Pleasant Weather 

Monday may have been dreary, but we are ending the week on a sunny and pleasant note! Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful Friday everyone!

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Meet the Staff: Jamie McClintock

Hey Circle readers, meet Jamie McClintock! Jamie is a freshman in English who jumped in with the Circle the beginning of her time here at Auburn. She serves on the fiction staff and helps decide which fiction pieces will be included in each issue.

“I wanted to be on fiction because I love to see how creative Auburn students can be in their writing,” Jamie said.

Jamie said she can’t choose just one favorite book, but one of her top recommendations right now would be Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. She said she also likes anything by Neil Gaiman.

Her favorite part of working for the Circle is reading and reviewing submissions, but for her, the hardest part is distribution at the end of the semester. She said her favorite piece ever submitted was “The Fall” from the latest publication of The Auburn Circle.

Keep following us for more staff profiles!

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Communication and Media Career Day

Come see us at Communication and Media Career Day in the AUSC Ballroom!

Interested in working with The Circle? Come to the AUSC Ballroom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and stop by our table! We’re just one of many other media outlets represented at the Communication and Media Career Day taking place today.

If you’re looking to work for a media outlet around the Southeast or just want to gain some connections, definitely check out this great resource. No pre-registration was required, so you can just sign in at the door! If you’re coming to interview for bigger outlets, put on your business-y best and bring several copies of your resume. Here at the Circle, we’re pretty casual, so we’ll be the one table in T-shirts. We missed the professional dress memo too, so no pressure.

Some of the larger media outlets represented are…

Alabama Media Group (AL.com)
Auburn University Athletics
Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena
Boone Newspapers
Four Star Freightliner, Inc.
Opelika-Auburn News
Portfolio Center
Raycom Media
The Decatur Daily
The Citizen of East Alabama
Women’s Hope Medical Clinic
WRBL
WSFA
WTVM

…but, The Auburn Circle and The Auburn Plainsman also have tables set up so students can find out what we do and sign up to work with us during the school year. Experience in college student media looks great on a resume and could be the ticket to landing your next internship or first job out of college! Come on by and check us out!

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Meet our Staff: Dana Stuckey

Meet Dana Stuckey, senior in radio, television and film, and our visual arts editor! She has been on the photography and arts staff since freshman year and became an editor this past fall. She originally came into Auburn as an aerospace engineering, but decided she needed more artistic influence in her life.

“I did a lot of stuff with my literary magazine in high school,” Dana said. “When I started at Auburn, I was in aerospace engineering, so I kind of wanted that outlet to keep being creative.”

She said her favorite artist is Robert Rauschenberg, the American painter and graphic artist.

“We did a lot of stuff in my senior honors photography class in high school with him, and it was really cool,” Dana said.

Dana also said one of her favorite mediums for submissions is light painting.

“It’s a type of photography,” she explained. “I tried it once and I wasn’t very good at all. Mary Cole, who’s on our staff, did her senior thesis in light painting and it’s my favorite thing to see.”

In addition to offering a creative outlet, Dana said The Circle has given her more direction for her future career.

“It helped me discover what I really wanted to do,” she said. “So now I do want to be a visual editorial photojournalist for a magazine. So it really just helped me define where I want to go.”

The visual arts section received 164 art submissions this semester. Dana said it’s hard to choose among the hundreds of submissions she’s seen, but her favorite piece ever submitted to the Circle was “Crag” by Andrew Whited in the Fall 2013 issue.

“I’m also kind of outdoorsy, so I had a very emotional response to it,” Dana said.

Maybe your piece will be Dana’s new favorite! Thanks to all our awesome submitters!

 

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How We Choose

Wow, thanks so much to our incredible submitters! We received 48 poetry submissions, 160 visual art submissions, 5 non-fiction submissions, 10 fiction and 5 fashion. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

We’re now in the process of narrowing down which pieces will be published in the magazine. We hear students say all the time, “I submitted but didn’t get in the magazine, what’s up with that?”

While we would love to publish everyone’s works, unfortunately, we have a limited number of pages to work with. The process of elimination is not easy, and we definitely don’t take it lightly. Pieces are not arbitrarily chosen. A grading rubric is assigned to each piece, specific to its genre. Section editors go over every piece with the rubric and total up the final scores. The higher the rubric score, the more likely the piece is to be published. Section editors then discuss their choices with their section staff to see if the decision is unanimous. A list is compiled of published and unpublished work. A section editor will occasionally bring in a submitter to clarify meaning, edit grammar or help trim the piece down to fit.

The elimination process is not easy and none of our staff takes it lightly. If you don’t get chosen to be published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Circle, don’t worry. We’re going to showcase some of the unpublished works on the blog, so your work will still reach Auburn University!

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Meet our Fall 2013 Contributors: Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici, senior in journalism, is no stranger to work with Auburn University’s student media. He has worked as a campus reporter at The Auburn Plainsman for a year and as a member of the visual arts staff at The Auburn Circle for two years. Last semester, he submitted photos from his trips to China and Italy. Despite his impressive works, Derek said he’s an amateur photographer.

“I’ve never really been ‘into’ photography,” Derek said. “My roommate has all the different cameras and walks around with different lens and stuff. I’ve always been more about just going somewhere and just using a really simple camera and taking photos, more like documenting what I’m doing rather than ‘I have to make this whole scene an artwork.’

The photos Derek submitted to the last issue of The Circle were taken on trips abroad.

“[My trip to China] was insane,” Derek said. “That’s when I got my camera, and I swear I probably took about 3000 photos in a two-week span. I was taking hundreds of photos a day.” Herscovici’s photos “Dreamland”, “Yangshuo Bridge” and “Boy Selling Shoes” were taken in the jungle village of Yangshuo, 300 miles from Hong Kong. He took “Hercules Slaying a Centaur” while on a family trip to Italy.

“This past summer, my family went to Istanbul…during the riots actually,” Derek said. “We went to these Greek islands, went to Athens, then flew into Florence.”

Derek has served on the photography/art staff for The Circle since Fall 2012. He always wanted to submit work, but procrastinated on submitting for a few semesters. He finally decided to join the staff to be fully involved.

“I like having a say in what goes in and what goes out,” Derek said. “Being there and being able to say ‘I think this should be included’ or ‘this shouldn’t be included.’ Besides that, it’s one of the best-looking magazines that I know of, at least student magazines. I think it looks really good.”

After graduation, Derek said he’d like to be involved in magazine journalism. “I’d like to report on cultural things and do all sorts of art pieces,” Derek said.

Want to know how our staff decides which submissions are published? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post!

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Words of Compassion

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We know that Valentine’s Day is wholeheartedly the bane of many people’s existence. Never has a box of chocolates or cheesy pun been so important.

While Valentine’s Day may seem like a commercialized holiday designed to sell candy and cards, expressions of love and affection have existed far longer. Unfortunately, we can’t all be master wordsmiths and formulate a sentimental sonnet for our sweetheart, so cool dudes like Russell Stover and Hallmark step in to help us out.

If you, like pretty much everyone else, are looking for a little help expressing your love today, or you just feel like wallowing in what feels like perpetual single life, check out this list of the 50 most romantic lines from literature.

But don’t be swindled by the thought of “literary romance,” dear friend. If flowery expressions aren’t your style, you can always take the reverse psychology route and pull an Alfalfa:

“Dear Darla,
I hate your stinkin’ guts. You make me vomit. You’re scum between my toes.
Love,
Alfalfa”

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Literary Love Stories

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so The Circle caught up with some students around the Student Media offices to ask about everyone’s favorite literary love stories.

Elizabeth Wieck, senior in journalism, said Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, were the perfect literary couple. “She loves him ever thought he’s blind and he’s been burned by fire,” she said. “They have a very tumultuous relationship, but they end up together in the end.”

Raye May, senior in creative writing, said Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. “Their lives keep them apart, but in the end, they still love each other. Despite how much they hurt each other, they still love each other even though they can’t have each other. When she dies, he weeps more than her husband does. The redeeming part is they can love each other even though they’re terrible people. They’re really terrible.”

Kelsey Davis, editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman, said she loved J.K. Rowling’s pairing of Ron and Hermione because “they’re the unexpected love story.”

Jordan Hays, junior in journalism, veered away from the traditional love stories.

“In the book ‘Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said’ by Phillip K. Dick, the main character basically loses his identity,” Hays said. “He wakes up in a motel room in his fancy suit with $5,000 and nobody knows who he is. He tries to get back in touch with chick he was in love with, but she doesn’t remember him either. That’s probably my favorite love story.”

Ben Croomes, senior in sociology, also didn’t choose a stereotypical love story.

“In my 20th Century British Literature class, we read ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ by Muriel Spark,” Croomes said. “In the book, her love interest doesn’t actually love her. I’ve always liked the unrequited love stories. They don’t actually ever connect.”

Kaylie Sautter, senior in marketing, said, “‘The Great Gatsby’ is my favorite book. [Gatsby and Daisy] were each other’s first love and then he goes away and makes money so he can be good enough for her. He comes back and they fall in love again, but she’s so selfish, she still is in love with her horrible husband. “

Claire Woodall, junior in marketing and Spanish, chose a more modern tale with ‘Message in a Bottle’ by Nicholas Sparks. “It wasn’t as corny as some of the other [Nicholas Sparks novels]. It’s a more real story.”

What are some of your favorite literary love stories? Comment below or on our Facebook page!

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Throwback Tuesday

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve probably all seen or heard some of the typical, commonplace poems and phrases that go along with the holiday.

Instead of soaking yourself in an abundance of poetry placed on the front of Hallmark cards, we’ve brought some quality poetry to you.

Check out Rob Brice’s poem, “Once Upon a Time in Chicago” from last semester’s issue. To read more about Brice and his past contributions, check out our latest featured contributor post here.

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One Day More!

Hey Circle readers! All right, the day is almost upon us…one day until submission day!

Here are five reasons you should submit to The Circle:

1) The Winter Olympics don’t start until tomorrow.

Okay, TECHNICALLY they start tonight, but all the good stuff isn’t until tomorrow. While you’re waiting, write us a story!

 

2) If an elephant can do it, so can you.

Suda can paint a picture of herself and she probably submitted it to The Circle. Don’t get upstaged by an elephant.

 

 

3) Parks and Rec, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black aren’t going anywhere.

I promise they’ll still be on Netflix after you create your wonderful work for us. Treat yo self…after you send us your submissions.

 

4) Art has been proven to be a therapeutic process.

Stressed about school? Roommate driving you crazy? Paint, write, draw, get it all out, then send it to us! (You can submit anonymously if you so choose.)

 

5) There’s only ONE DAY MORE.

One more day before the deadline (Do you have some artwork for us all?)
At the Auburn Circle office (Shall you join our artists here?)
When our door will close for good (Do you submit or do you dare?)
Will you send your work to us? (The time is now, the day is here!)

Happy submitting! Deadline is 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7!

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