The Stone

The Stone is an interdisciplinary academic journal containing work from the current students of Washington and Lee. The journal's presence and content provoke and answer the question, "What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?" Each issue revolves around exceptional student work from various disciplines-neuroscience, history, geology, journalism, religion, art, music, economics, etc. The work should inform the way people perceive themselves and the world around them, and should encourage a reader to think differently and more broadly about a discipline or subject. We welcome undergraduate creativity and forms of writing/learning beyond the standard essay, including stories, photo essays, and blog posts.

Contact: Danielle Hughson '18

Constitution

I. History

The Stone is an interdisciplinary academic journal containing work from the current students of Washington and Lee. It began to coalesce at the beginning of fall term when a group of students realized that W&L does not have a student journal that explicitly seeks to legitimize, support, and deepen students' curiosities and wisdoms about the world, other students, and liberal arts. We met four times over the course of fall term to determine the structure and direction of the journal, and during those meetings, we wrote this constitution.

II. Mission and Purpose

The journal's presence and content provoke and answer the question, "What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?" Each issue revolves around exceptional student work from various disciplines-neuroscience, history, geology, journalism, religion, art, music, economics, etc. The work should inform the way people perceive themselves and the world around them, and should encourage a reader to think differently and more broadly about a discipline or subject. We welcome undergraduate creativity and forms of writing/learning beyond the standard essay, including stories, photo essays, and blog posts.

III. Requirements for Membership

To be selected for publication in the Stone, the student submission must 1) satisfy the mission/purpose and 2) fit with the journal's cohesiveness at the discretion of the editorial board.
By October of each academic year, the journal staff will ask for applications for new staff members and choose up to 8 new members. This process includes both an application and interview process, and is run by the editors-in-chief, with large amounts of input from the staff as a whole.

IV. Organization of Leadership/Officers

In April of each year, the current staff participates in a round-table discussion in which people on staff are nominated for positions. Then, in a discussion between the two submissions editors and two editors-in-chief, final placements will be determined, based off of the group's nominations, leadership ability, and experience.

i. Editor-in-Chief: Member of editorial board with final responsibility in organizing responsibilities of other staff members and maintaining submission and publication timelines.
ii. Editorial board: Group of up to 5 students responsible for narrowing and editing submissions.
iii. Website editor: Student who manages, updates, and edits the Stone blog content. This also includes managing the Stone's Instagram and Facebook accounts.
iv. Design editor: Student with primary responsibility for organizing design of the final publication.
v. Staff members: Team of students responsible for marketing initiatives, event planning, and student and community outreach. Minor editing responsibilities.

V. Benefits to Washington and Lee University and Community

While some departments may have subject specific publications (like the Political Review), there is not yet an interdisciplinary publication at W&L commensurate with our mission as a liberal arts institution, dedicated to fostering a well-rounded student. A student reading the Stone can learn from students of other disciplines and departments, which will benefit, provoke, and inform liberal learning. Furthermore, we see the Stone as a repository for excellent interdisciplinary student writing that currently may not have an outlet beyond the classroom. Many students write several papers each semester that may earn an "A" and the praise of his or her professor, but without the Stone, alumni, future employers, and other students would otherwise never be able to see it. Students should be proud of their work and able to share it.
In the Stone's first year, we received over 100 submissions. Our final print issue will feature the work of forty different students. More will be published on our website, which as of May 1st, 2015, has over 1900 page views. Without having yet published a print journal, the Stone has already reached an impressively large portion of the Washington and Lee community and we plan only to widen that reach in the years to come.