The central goal of Ampersand -- previously Muse -- is to provide the Washington and Lee campus with a platform for students to showcase their art, writings, and music. Serving as a connection between the Lenfest Center and the rest of campus, Ampersand seeks to showcase work from students regardless of their field of study. In doing so, Ampersand aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the creative capacities of the greater community.
History of Organization
Ampersand is Washington and Lee University's only literary arts magazine written in English. The magazine underwent a transformation in layout and design during the 2012-2013 school year, adding a CD showcasing student musicians. Originally printed once annually, Ampersand expanded to publish two smaller "zines" during the 2013-2014 school year. During this past school year, Ampersand continued publication of both the smaller zine and full-size publication, while hosting the author/slam poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.
Ampersand's central goal is to provide the Washington and Lee campus with a platform for students to showcase their art, writings, and music. Serving as a connection between the Lenfest Center and the rest of campus, Ampersand seeks to showcase work from students regardless of their field of study. In doing so, Ampersand aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the creative capacities of the greater community.
Requirements for Membership
Muse is welcoming of all individuals who take an interest in promoting student arts at Washington and Lee University. A brief application is distributed at the beginning of each school year for both past and prospective members. Applicants primarily must exhibit a passion for the arts, though previous experience with literary arts magazines and/or Adobe InDesign is advantageous.
Benefit to Washington and Lee and the surrounding community
We in Muse adamantly believe that an appreciation of the arts is an integral piece of any community. We believe that the artistic scene on campus could be promoted by showcasing the works of all students, regardless of their field of study. Through our publications and events, we support burgeoning young artists of all media by providing them with an avenue to showcase their works. Given Washington and Lee University's liberal arts approach to education, we believe that our goal to promote all artists within the community coincides with the University's own mission.
Organization of Leadership
- Editor-In-Chief: Oversees the publication process; responsible for soliciting submissions, promoting publications on social media, ordering posters from Printing Services, organizing events, and working with Student Activities and other campus organizations to host guest speakers/poets.
- Design Editor: Head of the design staff; oversees the layout of all publications. May be responsible for poster and t-shirt design, though not obligated.
- Arts Editor: Head of the arts staff; works with the editor-in-chief to select art pieces for publication.
- Literature Editor: Head of the literature staff; works with the editor-in-chief to select literature pieces for publication.
- o Music Editor: Head of the music staff; works with the Music Department each year to oversee the recording, production, and distribution of the student musician compilation CD each year in the winter/spring.
Muse does not hold elections; appointments of the current year's officers are made by the editor-in-chief in the fall based upon candidates' past experience and/or demonstrated prowess. If a senior, the editor-in-chief appoints his/her successor during the winter/spring term based on candidates' body of work with Muse and demonstrated leadership skills; otherwise, the presiding editor-in-chief may continue to hold his/her position.