"What is essential is invisible to the eyes," says the Little Prince from the famous French children's book Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. With the goal of highlighting the importance of this quote, a group of Scripps students, led by Becca Marion ('12), Michelle Gloster ('12), Vritti Goel ('12) and Lisa Kau ('12), are starting a new magazine on campus this semester, hoping they can get the message to the Scripps community.
According to the students, too much negative attention revolves around body image. Although the field house provides workshops and lectures about being healthy and adopting a "Love Thyself" attitude, not enough people are participating in attempting to create a healthy and positive perspective on their bodies and minds.
The increasing number of members of this magazine, tentatively titled [in]Visible, want to address issues not only regarding body image, but issues involving the overall health of the individual. They want to stress the importance of looking past first impressions and appearances and toward the depth of the mind.
How will these first-year students accomplish this? The magazine, with an issue due to come out before the end of this semester, will feature articles on familial and societal influence on body image, expressing oneself through artistic outlets, prominent career fields that place emphasis on body instead of mind, as well as student and expert opinions on these matters.
In addition, the members of the magazine agree that it is important to go into the community and hear opinions from people who have experience with the issues in the magazine. Accordingly, the magazine plans to hold interviews, short answer questionnaires, surveys, interactive displays and events in the near future so those who want their voices heard can share their experiences or knowledge. Even faculty can get involved!
At the end of the day, according to the core members of the magazine, the publication aims to show that everyone is different and that everyone deserves happiness in being this diversity. This is reflected in the magazine's mission statement:
"We are a group of students devoted to reducing the perceived significance of outward appearances in the community, starting with Scripps. We acknowledge unique character and voice as essential elements of community that should be appreciated in individuals, not drowned out by the majority. We believe there are qualities beyond physical appearances that define a person. As such, we seek to emphasize appreciation of these qualities that are frequently overlooked. It is our mission to bring these essential qualities into focus."
A small publication, [in]Visible is always looking for contributors. For more information, contact Becca Marion at RMarion8133@scrippscollege.edu.