Westmont Magazine Student Publications Persevere Past Interruption
The Phoenix Rises Again
The Phoenix is Westmont’s literary, art and music publication produced by students and featuring all student work. The Phoenix’s application and judging process finished before spring break, to the great relief of co-editors Paul Wuest and Bailey Baker. Emily Huang served as art editor. As soon as campus closed, the design editor, Ransom Bergen, spent a week creating the magazine and formatting the submissions. Bailey and Paul proofread pages, and Paul stayed around to work with the publishers, fix a few formatting issues and approve the printing proofs. Seniors received the Phoenix with the Citadel, and returning students can pick it up in the fall.
“There are definitely things I would have preferred to have done differently,” Paul says. “I’m bummed we couldn’t host the Phoenix premiere event—we had plans to do a brunch this year. But overall, I’m proud of everything we accomplished under these unprecedented circumstances.”
All four editors graduated in May. Paul, an English and music composition double major, comes from Lodi, California Bailey is from Huntington Beach, California, and earned her degree in English. Ransom, from St. Paul, Minnesota, majored in history, and Emily studied economics and business and comes from Dallas.
The Citadel Celebrates 80 Years
Emma Hoerauf and Chloe Scafiddi, co-editors for the Citadel, want to make sure students remember the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and not just the dramatic events of March through May. To celebrate the 80th volume of the yearbook, they chose “legacy” as their theme. “We wanted to highlight time-honored traditions and the history behind Westmont and share how individual students on campus contribute to this legacy,” Emma says. “We wanted this book to be special—commemorating how far Westmont has come and imagining where we’ll go in the future.” The editors submitted the book for publication before spring break and the move to remote learning, so printing occurred on schedule. But the virus forced a change in the distribution plans. They’ve mailed Citadels to the homes of more than 100 seniors and will make books available for pickup during the fall 2020 semester. Both editors are juniors majoring in sociology-human services. Chloe comes from Escondido, California, and Emma from Orange County.