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es­say, po­etry and short fic­tion. Due to tim­ing con­straints the magazine judged is from the pre­vi­ous year. Sev­eral EMCC stu­dents also had first place win­ning sto­ries in the 20162017 edi­tion.

EMCC English in­struc­tor Mar­i­lyn Ford thanked the col­lege's ad­min­is­tra­tion for al­low­ing the con­tin­ued pub­lish­ing of a print jour­nal.

“We've just been very for­tu­nate that we've had the sup­port to con­tinue to do a hard copy pub­li­ca­tion in­stead of an on­line pub­li­ca­tion,” Ford said. “A lot of stu­dents have been very grate­ful to have the hard copy. It just seems to be more im­por­tant and more sig­nif­i­cant when they can ac­tu­ally have a hard copy to keep and to hold, rather than hav­ing it in the world of the in­ter­net.”

Stu­dents from all across the EMCC sys­tem sub­mit writ­ing and other art to “Syzygy,” which is then ex­am­ined and judged by EMCC fac­ulty. Se­lec­tions mak­ing it to the magazine num­ber be­tween 25 and 30, with some stu­dents hav­ing mul­ti­ple sub­mis­sions pub­lished.

“This is all of our EMCC kids,” Ford said. “The sub­mis­sions are due usu­ally late fall right be­fore we break for Christ­mas, and then over Christ­mas break, those that are eval­u­at­ing, or fac­ulty judges be­gin to ex­am­ine all the sub­mis­sions. Nor­mally, we have up­wards of 150 to 200 dif­fer­ent sub­mis­sions in the lit­er­a­ture part.”

Ford also dis­cussed the im­por­tance of pub­li­ca­tions like “Syzygy” in fur­ther­ing the lib­eral arts.

“In the last few decades, the lib­eral arts have lost some ground in their sig­nif­i­cance,” Ford said. “So many peo­ple are spe­cial­iz­ing, and it seems like the lib­eral arts, the the­atre, the lit­er­a­ture, the dance have shifted down to a lower pri­or­ity un­der the maths and read­ing and sci­ence classes, but many stud­ies have proven that fic­tion in par­tic­u­lar makes us more em­pa­thetic hu­man be­ings, that the power of the spo­ken and writ­ten word still is mon­u­men­tal as part of our ex­pres­sion.”

(Sub­mit­ted photo)

East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege English in­struc­tor Mar­i­lyn Ford with the 201617 is­sue of “Syzygy.” The pub­li­ca­tion won first place in the 2018 Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege Cre­ative Writ­ing As­so­ci­a­tion's an­nual work­shop and con­test.

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