CLU’s arts magazine wins award

From the Ventura County Star (Camarillo, CA):

In an age of Twitter, texting and instant messages, colleges are still producing literary magazines — collections of poetry, short stories and art meant to savor.And California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks has an award-winning one. CLU’s literary and visual arts magazine, Morning Glory, recently received the prestigious Magazine Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press.

College literary magazines allow students to read their classmates’ works, which generally reflect their own sensibilities and sentiments, said Joan Wines, an English professor at CLU and adviser to Morning Glory for about a dozen years. They’re also an antidote to the Internet, she said.

“People are drawn to what’s online, but it’s so important for students to have contact with print texts,” Wines said. “You can’t click out of it.”

In other words, a literary magazine is not a transitory nugget of news, it’s a work of art, said Gina Franco, an English professor at Knox College in Illinois and adviser to Catch magazine, a consistent award-winner.

“We’re looking at an art object that will be in people’s hands,” Franco said. “It should feel good, it should smell good. It’s four-dimensional. It’s beautiful in its own right.”