What’s Magus Mabus?
by Henry Claudy on Friday, February 26th, 2016
Milton Academy students are always excited to see the talent of their peers. From packing bleachers at games to waiting in line outside of King Theatre on the night of a play, students are quick to support one another in after school endeavors. Unsurprisingly, when a new issue of Magus Mabus is published, students can be seen in the student center flocking to those handing out the magazines.
The gorgeous art work, thoughtful poems, and beautiful songs included in each issue are always a highlight of the school year. Two weeks ago a more playful issue was published: the Magus Mabus Valentine’s Day Edition.
Magus Mabus is Milton’s biannual art publication. The publication was started back when Milton had separate Boys and Girls schools; the name Magus Mabus even stands for Milton Academy Girls Upper School/Milton Academy Boys Upper School. Magus Mabus was a way to bridge the gap between the schools and unify Milton through the art of the students.
Magus Mabus has expanded a lot since its inception. Originally, a publication of Magus Mabus contained visual arts, such as photography, paintings, drawings, and literature, including short stories and poems. Now, the organization Magus Mabus hosts Beatnik, the ever popular open mic night hosted in Straus. Beatnik serves as a place for Milton’s musicians and performers to show off their talents to a crowd of their peers. More recently, a CD that includes both student-composed and -performed music (many times during Beatnik) has been included with each issue of Magus Mabus.
A new edition to this year’s fall publication was the Storytelling component, focusing on recordings of students telling their stories in the most imaginative of ways. The art forms included in Magus Mabus continue to grow with the interest of the student population. Every year, it runs a Fall and a Spring edition. The pieces chosen for each edition of Magus Mabus are selected from a pool of anonymous submissions by the staffs of each section, and always display a wide range of mediums and talents.
Last Friday, the Valentine’s Day edition of Magus Mabus was published. This issue is a more casual affair in comparison to the fall and spring issues. Unlike these issues, the special issue only contained literature. This edition tied into the theme of the holiday, with the material all focusing on a form of love, and was printed on pink paper, keeping with the theme of the holiday. The Valentine’s Day issue of Magus Mabus has been a tradition for some time now. In the past, the edition ran 6 or 7 pages long, while this year’s issue was 25 pages of content. Sam Rochelle (I), the Editor-In-Chief of Magus Mabus, talked about how the pieces included in the Valentine’s Day issue are not as filtered as proper editions and really allow the featured artists to submit art in a very low-pressure environment. “It’s a cool opportunity for students to submit fun, playful Valentine’s Day type poems,” Sam said, “and I think the effect was meaningful.”
If you didn’t grab a copy last Friday and would still like to see the content, stop by the Magus office on the third floor of Warren Hall. Students of all classes are allowed and encouraged to submit to Magus Mabus, and the publication is now accepting submissions for its Spring edition, due March 13.
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