Originally published in the Los Angeles Loyolan. For original, please refer to: Attic Salt’s new edition honors centennial year – Los Angeles Loyolan.
Five years ago, students in LMU’s honors program decided to revive a long-retired academic journal called Attic Salt as a new kind of publication with submissions from a myriad of different student voices.
This Wednesday marks the release of the centennial edition of Attic Salt, a journal the editorial team considers both true to that original mission and an evolution thereof.
“That [first] year, it was a very formal-looking journal, all black and white. My freshman year, we really wanted to reinvent it, so we modernized it, made it more accessible, and since then, we’ve tried to make a full new style every year,” said senior theatre arts major and Supervising Editor Sofya Weitz of Attic Salt’s growth. This year’s theme is ‘revolution,’ something co-editor and junior business marketing major Angelica Cadiente says is a subtle theme throughout the pieces.
“For revolution … it’s an underlying theme that really ties all the pieces together, whether it’s completely present or not,” said Cadiente.
In addition to the change-oriented theme, the Attic Salt team is planning on including special features specifically for the centennial edition.
“This year, we’ve featured four different interviews with really interesting people on campus. President Burcham is going to be featured, for example,” Cadiente said. “Not super in-depth interviews, but quick, probing questions that go along with the theme of the journal.”
Attic Salt, which is put together by an editorial board of about eight to 10 students, is meant to include not only prose and poetry pieces, but also other forms of art such as plays and musical compositions. The process by which the board chooses the pieces to include is a fully democratic one.
“Everybody who works on Attic Salt has input,” said faculty adviser and English professor Dr. Dermot Ryan.
“We have a meeting where we go through each and every piece, talk about what we like and what we don’t,” Cadiente said. “From there, we narrow that pool down and look for common themes that emerge.”
In addition to the new journal, Attic Salt’s creative team is enthusiastic about their new website at Atticsaltlmu.com, something both Cadiente and Weitz said was a long-term goal for the journal that focuses so much on creativity and forward-thinking.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Cadiente said. “Right now, it’s live and it has information about exactly what Attic Salt is. We’re hoping to put up archives of past works [soon].”
The editorial team also hopes that the website, which according to Weitz was designed by LMU alumna Jessica Garcia (’11), will include multimedia versions of works in the journal.
“We’re hoping to incorporate … filmed scenes or audio from musical compositions,” Cadiente said. “It really gives another way to convey all the different ideas and creative works that the artists and writers submit to us.”
To celebrate the new edition’s release, the Attic Salt team is hosting a launch party, “which is taking place next Wednesday in the Bird Nest from 6 p.m. onward,” according to Cadiente. Attendees will be able to pick up their copy of the free centennial edition and talk with the editorial team over refreshments.
“I think my favorite thing about producing Attic Salt is the ability to really appreciate the work LMU students do, because the students here are really exceptional,” Weitz said. “It’s a nice thing to celebrate really fine work.”
“To be associated with a product that is so professional and embodies what’s best in our undergraduates – I think we can be proud of ourselves as a university,” said Ryan.
Cadiente encourages every member of the LMU community to get their hands on a copy around campus or at the launch party, as it is the voice of the students.
“These are your peers, and they’re doing great work, such brilliant, creative works,” Cadiente said. “So if you’re given the chance to witness it, why wouldn’t you pick it up?”