Generator Magazine finds its place among other campus publications

A sample cover of the Generator Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Holmes

A sample cover of the Generator Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Holmes

Inside the Council of Clubs room, located deep within the Marist College Student Center’s twisting alcoves, 10 students gathered to confront a problem.

With limited financial resources, an inexperienced writing staff and distribution dilemmas, how can The Generator’s editorial board pique interest and increase involvement of their magazine?

“Every time, we try to cover the entire campus when we put [the magazine] out,” Holmes said. “There are still people who are like, ‘I’ve never heard of that.’ People just don’t see it.”

Published twice a semester on, The Generator has cemented itself for a specific audience alongside the other three print clubs that appear on the Marist campus.

The Circle newspaper covers newsworthy events, while the Fox Forum publishes scholarly articles and the Mosaic magazine serves as a springboard for the Literary Arts Society.

“Mainly, arts and entertainment is our general demographic,” assistant editor Michael Walsh said. “Our thickest sections are usually music and movies. We have a lot of features and we try to get a restaurant review or two in.”

1,000 copies of each issue are printed and then distributed to different locations on campus, including all residence halls and the cafeteria.

“I kept saying that I wanted to publish more, but it never happened,” editor-in-chief Sarah Holmes said. “I don’t think [student government] would allow us to print a third issue because it is so expensive. We go through Southern Dutchess Printing.”

Although Holmes did not share the specifics of her clubs finances, she noted that attempts to print on thicker, glossy paper have been denied due to high costs.

Printed on grey 8-1/2 x 11 paper, the Generator’s editorial staff has attempted to draw attention away from its dull color scheme with unique color covers.

“We had a cover with Shooter in his costume holding a Generator magazine,” Walsh said. “We had one of our housemates who captured a nude photo shoot for one of his classes. We’ve also been trying to get photographers on campus to send us their stuff.”

A mix of English, Fashion and Communication majors, all ten section editors write for the magazine in each issue.

Walsh and Holmes mentioned that the editors, given their upperclassmen status and writing experience, have composed some of the magazine’s more popular articles.

These include a beer tasting review, the culture of the sneeze, concert reviews and the top 10 Dr. Dennis J. Murray myths.

The Generator’s editorial staff has encountered problems with underclassmen students who appear willing to contribute but are unable to deliver on deadline.

“Sometimes, we’ll have someone who is new to the club cover an event because they are really excited about it,” Holmes said. “I will either never hear from them or they tell me a week before its due that they can’t do it.”

James Urso, the Circle’s sports editor, shared a similar sentiment in the recruitment of reliable members.

“One of the biggest surprises to me was the amount or the lack thereof of people that would contribute to the section,” Urso said. “Mainly because there’s a whole section of communications majors dedicated to sports communication. I thought I would find 40 or 50 people that wanted to write a lot. I found a handful.”

The Generator is put together using Adobe InDesign, a text editing computer software, that is available in either the Donnelly Hall computer lab or the Lowell Thomas building.

Once the final electronic copy is sent to the printer, all of the hard copies printed and bound in one business day.

“When we first took over, there was no one helping with distribution,” Walsh said. “We were walking around campus with bundles. The last two issues, members have really picked up magazines and dumped them around. That’s picked up.”

Currently, 20 members aside from the editors contribute to the publication - a number that Holmes certainly wants to increase.

“Trying to find people that really want to, like, get involved with the magazine sometimes is hard,” Holmes said. “People are like, ‘Oh, I’m too busy.’ Or maybe people aren’t confident enough.”

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