By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor
In the words of the Editor-in-Chief of Due South Liv George: another semester, another issue of Due South. The magazine released its latest issue on Wed, April 27. Due South is the critically acclaimed student lifestyle magazine at South Alabama created and curated by students, about students, and for students.
In the Letter From The Editor about the magazine, George says that this issue, like some others, doesn’t back down from difficult topics.
“You’ll find some opinion pieces in this issue. Maybe even something you find a bit controversial,” George wrote. “I think to a degree, that’s Due South’s purpose. To push the envelope in a new and interesting way, and, more importantly, start a conversation.”
The first page of the magazine, The Not-So Roaring 20’s written by George, shows this example. The story examines the current state of American society amid mass vaccine rollouts and looking forwards and backward to society pre and post-pandemic.
“Seeing what will stick around post-pandemic has inspired many to discuss what we should avoid going back to as we shift back to ‘normal,’” George writes.
Another example of a boundary-pushing conversation starter is the piece “Superficial Female Empowerment,” written by multimedia journalism major Breahna Crosslin. In the article, Crosslin critiques the idea of self-objectification in terms of beauty, hypersexualization, and consumerism as a method of Choice Feminism. “The commodification of feminism has done more to line rich men’s pockets than create actual progress towards women’s liberation.” Crosslin writes.
Along with thought-provoking op-eds, the magazine also features more personal stories. In the Letter To The Editor, George writes, “This one, to me, is about heart. It’s about issues that we as a staff hold close to our chest and advocate for.”
The story by Wesley Patrick, A Dance Of Air And Fire, tells a unique and personal story at South about students’ passion for glassblowing. It features testimonials from students working in South’s glass lab and riveting photos of them in action.
“South’s glass lab allows students to essentially use as much glass as they want, allowing for a trial and error process without fear of running out of material,” Patrick writes. “The process is somewhat cathartic to Sam, letting her disconnect from the rest of the world’s distractions by focusing all of her attention on the piece she’s working on.”
The magazine also features a story on the escalating climate emergency, A deep dive on the last African slave ship in the U.S. that ported in Mobile, and an interview with someone affected by and a supporter of the mysterious Q-anon movement.
This is the last installment of Due South with Liv George as Editor-in-Chief. George signs off after publishing her second issue. “Although this is my last issue as Editor-in-Chief, I will never be able to thank my staff enough for their support this year.” George writes. “Nothing about it was easy, but maybe it shouldn’t have been. Maybe it’s about growth and finding community, finding a home, wherever you are.”
The DueSouth magazine is free of charge, and copies are available around campus. You can access the digital version of this and past issues here.