The challenges of the virtual era have not impacted the production or the quality of student publications at St. Mark's. Earlier this month, the final editions of the Vindex, the St. Marker, and LEO appeared.
The Vindex, established in 1877, is the School's oldest continuing publication. Originally it combined news and opinion with creative student work and alumni information, but since the early 1950s it has been exclusively a "literary magazine" – a platform for student poetry, prose, and art. The current Prize Day 2020 issue contains the work of 20 different St. Mark's students.
The St. Marker, founded in 1947, is the School newspaper. Today, with an online magazine format, it presents features, news, and opinion pieces to the St. Mark's community. The most recent St. Marker has articles on studio art and music classes being taught online, information on current campus construction projects, farewells to departing faculty, and more.
LEO, the School's online Academic Journal, was begun in 2013, and over seven years it has exemplified its mission to provide a forum for the wide range of intellectual pursuits and creative talents at St. Mark's, exhibiting academic work across the disciplines and voluntary work beyond the curriculum by St. Mark's students. It also features articles by adults in the School community, highlighting pedagogy, particular skills or content within classes, and accounts of outside experiences in the many roles that they serve at St. Mark's. Sponsored by the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, LEO continues to regularly showcase the variety of intellectual spark and insightful experiences to be found at the School. The spring issue is all about the Humanities, and features student insights on witch hangings, gender pay gaps, teen angst, systemic racism in literature, poetry en español, and more. Additionally, a special Prize Day edition contains the work of sixteen students.
All of these publications were available in online formats prior to the COVID-19 situation, so it wasn't difficult to make them available. However, this is the first time they were put together remotely, with students and faculty facilitators all working separately from home to create three single, cohesive, and high-quality online publications.
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