2017 magazine Pacemaker finalists announced

MINNEAPOLIS — The Associated College Press has named 32 collegiate student magazines as finalists in its annual Pacemaker competition.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

The 32 magazines represent 15 states as well as Canada.

In all, 105 student magazines entered the Pacemaker competition. A team of judges studied every entry, discussing its strengths and weaknesses.

“The Pacemaker winning magazines were incredible and could hold their own on the newsstand in the company of the very best professionally produced magazines,” the judges said.

For judging, magazines were divided into two major categories — feature and literary art. Whether the magazine was produced at a four-year or two-year school was also taken into consideration.

“The winning literary art magazines not only featured creative content, but brought creativity to the display and packaging of the creative content,” the judges said.

“The quality of the magazines produced at the collegiate level is amazing,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director. “The storytelling is remarkable with a great blend of shorter quick-reads and substantial long-form stories in the feature magazines.”

Of the 32 Pacemaker finalists, nine are from two-year schools. 14 will be named Pacemakers in October.

Detailed comments from the judges about each of the 14 Pacemakers will be posted when the Pacemaker winners are announced.

Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 25-29, 2017 in Dallas.

Feature/General Audience

El Sol

Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California
Editor: Alberto Calderon
Adviser: Max Branscomb

The Point

Biola University
La Mirada, California
Editor: Angelene Wong
Adviser: Tamara J. Welter

Prime by the Daily Bruin

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Editor: Tanner Walters
Adviser: Abigail Goldman

Collegian Times

Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, California
Editor: Ande Richards
Adviser: Rhonda Guess


Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Editor: Kristin Vartan
Advisers: Elizabeth Smith, Courtenay Stallings


California Baptist University
Riverside, California
Editor: Courtney Coleman
Advisers: Michael Chute, Sonya Singh

Etc. Magazine

City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Editors: Tony Taylor, Sean Karlin
Adviser: Jessica Lifland


University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Editor: Asmae Fahmy
Adviser: Randy Stano

F Newsmagazine

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Editor: Sophie Lucido Johnson
Advisers: Paul Elitzik, Mike Miner


Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Advisers: Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Joshua Hauth, Christopher Richert


Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa
Editor: Jennifer Krane
Advisers: Jeff Inman, Catherine Staub

Drake Magazine

Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa
Editor: Katie Bandurski
Advisers: Jeff Inman, Catherine Staub


Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Editor: Kylee Kaetzel
Adviser: Charlotte Turtle

Stephens Life

Stephens College
Columbia, Missouri
Editors: Allison Moorman, Alexandra Martin, Madelyne Allen, Mary Kate Hafner
Adviser: Amy Parris


Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Editors: Perry Aston, Greg Biondo, Gabi Garcia
Advisers: David Sutherland, Sherri Taylor

The Collegian Magazine

Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
Editors: Julia Waldow, Griffin Burrough
Advisers: Bryan Burrough, Rachel Shaver


University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Editor: Emily Olson

The Bleed

Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon
Editors: André Casey, Emily Hallmark
Advisers: Melissa Korber, Marcus Thompson II

The Current

Amarillo College
Amarillo, Texas
Editors: Jenna Gibson, Destiny Kranthoven, Claire Ekas, Salvador Gutierrez, Michelle Martinez
Advisers: Maddisun Fowler, Jill Gibson

SMU Look

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
Editor: India Pougher
Advisers: Camille Kraeplin, Jay Miller, Candace Barnhill


Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Editors: Kelly Reyes, Cierra Artis
Advisers: Allison Bennett Dyche, Mark Jeffries, Jacob McFadden

Emerge Magazine

University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Editors: Taylor Clysdale, Danielle Edwards
Advisers: Kimberley Noble, Norm Lourenco, Laura Arsie

Literary Arts


Arapahoe Community College
Littleton, Colorado
Editor: Angie Thompson
Advisers: Andrea Mason, John Hall


Jacksonville University
Jacksonville, Florida
Editor: Aaron Wallace
Advisers: Sarah Murphy, Chris Dew


Miami Dade College North Campus
Miami, Florida
Editors: Priya Pershadsingh, Kino Binsworth Robinson III, Axis Editing Staff
Advisers: Kathleen Noonan, Carmen Bucher


Valencia College
Orlando, Florida
Editor: Bruno Sato de Oliveria
Advisers: Jackie Zuromski, Meg Curtiss


Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Adviser: Patrick Lochelt

The Peel

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina
Editors: Kip McMillan, Devan Brush
Adviser: Olivia Wilkes


University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
Editor: Sarah Kinney
Adviser: Wayne Maikranz


East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Editor: Nichole Currie
Adviser: Terrence Dove


North Carolinia State University
Raligh, North Carolina
Editor: Nikita Chintalapudi
Adviser: Martha Collins


University of Wisconsin – Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Editors: Madelyn Sundquist, Reid Kurkerewicz, Fernanda Martinez, Lana Scholtz, Haley Nippert, Jenna Mann, Shannon Murphy, Luke Valmadrid
Adviser: James Rogers