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Students Start an Independent Magazine

Katherine Stohlman

A student-run independent magazine for the Mount St. Mary’s University community, launched on March 25, “seeks to promote the Catholic vision of the human person in the modern world.”

brownson-record.pngThe Brownson Record, both an online and a print publication, was started by Harry Scherer, C’22, and Gavin Hamrick, C’24, who are the editor-in-chief and managing editor, respectively. Its editorial board includes Emma Weinheimer, C’22, Mary Lawler, C’23, and Jack Daly, C’25. With the aid of several faculty advisors, the editors solicited nine pieces for publication in the first edition.

Unlike campus publications such as Moorings and The Mountain Echo, The Brownson Record is an independent project. It’s supported by a grant that Hamrick and Scherer received from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A true DIY effort, Hamrick laughingly recounted how he quickly learned InDesign to format the magazine, and that they printed it at Chronicle Press in Emmitsburg.

Scherer noted that the goal is to “provide a space in which conversations that are already happening are documented.” Both he and Hamrick want their readers and writers to reflect on current and historical events related to the Mount in a constructive and positive way, through the lens of the campus’ rich Catholic identity. To that end, The Brownson Record is intended primarily for think pieces and poetry—as opposed to academic-style essays—with an emphasis on the classic Catholic “transcendentals” of truth, beauty and goodness.

The first edition featured articles and creative writing, including an opinion on the conflict in Ukraine from Rebekah Balick, C’22, an article about seeking truth from alumnus Heath Tarbert, C’98, and poetry from Stephen McGinley, C’10, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, and Claire Doll, C’24, among others. Balick expressed excitement at being able to contribute to a “journal on campus for publishing student work that wasn’t explicitly discipline-oriented…[to write] about a current event topic that I’m passionate about.”

The Brownson Record demonstrates that the search for truth is a perennial necessity for men and women to flourish,” McGinley said. “The Mount should be proud that its sons and daughters are so courageously seeking to think charitably, deeply and critically about the questions that pervade man and whose answer is given…in the person of Jesus Christ.”

Although founded and driven by its editors, the magazine is meant to remain even after they have all graduated. “We definitely want [The Brownson Record] to be for the Mount, even after we’re gone,” stated Weinheimer. “How can we write about what’s happening at the Mount if we’re not here anymore?” The seniors who worked so hard to create the first two editions hope to leave a legacy that will be developed by Mount students to come.

Print versions of The Brownson Record will be published and distributed quarterly. The online version of the magazine can be accessed here: https://brownsonrecord.com/.

Katherine Stohlman