“Student Voice Matters” Energizes Art and Writing Community

Kristy Moua, features editor
Taiwana Shambley(right), Jacey Mismash (middle) and ziz immelman (left) present on their organizations. 

The Echo, KAUG Radio and Murphy Square Literary Magazine finished the semester with  “Student Voice Matters” on Dec. 7, one of the largest in person student organization collaborations of the school year.

The three organizations united to engage students in their work and create community for student voice. Though with limited in-person space, the event was available on The Echo’s Facebook live stream for individuals unable to attend in person. 

“Honestly, I was a bit surprised, but I am so grateful for everyone that came out to learn about our organizations.”

Jacey Mismash, lead editor of Murphey Square

“I felt great about the turnout!” said Jacey Mismash after the event. Mismash is the lead editor of Murphy Square and a co-organizer of “Student Voice Matters.” “Honestly, I was a bit surprised, but I am so grateful for everyone that came out to learn about our organizations. I was really excited to see people so engaged! As someone who spends most of their time at home or behind a desk, it was nice to safely interact with my peers here on campus.”

The event began with a warm welcome from Taiwana Shambley, executive editor of The Echo. Shambley’s friendly and down-to-Earth personality helped audience members stay attentive to the slideshow presented. The slideshow opened with content about what The Echo is about, how to get involved and contact information if students are interested in sharing their writings or visual work. 

Next to present was Jacey Mismash. Mismash had a warm and chill character, introducing Murphy Square as an open minded and inclusive organization that welcomes students to share their music, visual art and stories. Mismash shared pictures of the Murphy Square board members, information about when submissions were going to open and handed out last year’s copy of the annual literary magazine. 

To close off the presentation, ziz immelman, president and studio manager of KAUG as well as the A&C editor for The Echo, shared aspects of what KAUG is about. Immelman eloquently spoke on how KAUG is a place to amplify and share student voices. KAUG provides students the ability to create podcasts and more about whatever they’re interested in or would like to talk about. 

The event ended with a fun activity of Kahoot, quizzing the audience on the information presented. The winners of the activity won merchandise provided by Murphy Square; individuals were able to take home a pillow, mug or coaster. Food was provided by the dining services for attendees to enjoy. 

The Echo, KAUG and Murphy Square  brought positive energy for students interested in amplifying their collective voices.

Photo of attendees showing off their Murphy Square journals at “Student Voice Matters,” taken by Lay Lay Zan.