SIR Magazine Restructure

By Julian Neely

SIR magazine has opened their doors to new leadership and ideas. The magazine is branching away from a gender specific theme to focusing on the voices of the unheard. Tre Moore, new Editor-in-Chief, has taken this opportunity and has an extraordinary agenda for the magazine.

“Fortunately, Devon Johnson, the previous Editor-in-Chief, saw that I had a vision and believe in me enough to pass the torch along to me. I wish to put out a publication that isn’t restricted to one genre, gender, or set of ideas,” said SIR magazine editor Tre Moore.

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Josh Knight, Public Relations for SIR magazine posing for the camera. Photo by Julian Neely

Moore is a senior in journalism and mass communications from the Quad Cities. Last year, he spent a great amount of time trying to develop his own magazine and funding it himself. Devon Johnson saw the passion and drive that Moore obtained and selected him continue the magazine.

The past couple of years, SIR magazine focused on masculinity and a male audience. The magazine attracts males by the topics and photos in it. Moore wants to detach that image from SIR and use the platform to broader issues and audiences. It is important to Moore to be an androgynous publication.

“I believe that in the year 2016 and moving forward we must confront issues and old mindsets head on. We have a platform and opportunity to broadcast the voices of the underrepresented and shine a light on the topics that you won’t see in other outlets,” said Moore.

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Ariel Reaves, a model for SIR magazine, hanging out in the Eastern Student office space and sharing how excited she is for the photo shoot. Photo by: Julian Neely

Moore has an extraordinary agenda that consists of changing the focus to culture, the world that we live in and the people in it. He has created a team that consists of individuals with different perspectives, backgrounds, and majors. The team is diverse that creates a creative environment that can change the culture of SIR magazine.

“We are taking in poem submission, social media, and more diverse models. Reaching out to students that want to be part of the magazine. More inclusive to what people are doing on campus,” said Josh Knight

“I would love if people were blown away or cracked a big smile when they see our first cover and open those pages for the first time. I hope this magazine is something that makes people think “Wow, Iowa is cool,” explained Moore.

The enthusiasm that the Editor-in-Chief brings to the table you can imagine that the team is absorbing it as well. This is a new year for SIR magazine and they have a big agenda that they are pushing to fulfill. There upcoming photo shoot, which consists of many students of color that are male and female.

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Did Iowa State’s student government religiously discriminate against BYU?

By Julian Neely

The Iowa State Student Government passed a bill that voiced their opinion on BYU joining the BIG XII. Some students have spoke out about how student government may have discriminated against BYU based on religion.

BIG XII Conference is expanding their conference and have a list of schools that are on the list of consideration. BYU is one of the universities that are still on the list of joining the BIG XII. There are debates on whether the conference will only take in an additional two universities or more. According to ESPN.com, the conference is expected to have made a decision by October 17th.

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Senate and student leaders meeting about ISUnity Day. Photo by Julian Neely

When ISU student government decided to voice their opinions on the expansion, it caused some people to reflect on the student government mission. In which, states “Student Government is the student organization which represents all students at Iowa State University.”

It is surprising to some that when they read the portion that states student government “represent all students at Iowa State” it would include religion. But, religion tends to be left out of the discussion when discussing diversity and inclusion. Diversity is a term that is used vaguely and truly not understood.

According to Merriam-Webster, diversity means “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.”

“Diversity is an aspect of life that allows us to gain a better understanding of the world around us. It is best utilized and achieved when individuals and organizations unite to discuss and demonstrate ideas, opinions, and culture,” says Student Government Vice President Cody West

In a discussion with some student government senators, defined diversity by only mentioning race and ethnicities. This is a consistent case for many discussions related to diversity. From that discussion, some may take discrimination on religion is not a focus for some senators. With multiple religious’ clubs and organizations on campus, to some it should be involved with diversity and inclusion.

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Matthew Fully speaking at a Student Government meeting. Photo by Julian Neely

“To some people I am sure the actions taken by the Senate can be viewed as discriminatory,” says West.

The actions to some students were discriminatory and hurt some students. Many people argue that the religion that BYU follows is exclusive itself and would not fit the standards of the BIG XII and the universities under it. People that are against BYU joining the BIG XII are due to reports of how they handle certain situations that include LGBTQ community and sexual assault.

According to Salt Lake Tribune in August, BYU’s Honor Code forbids homosexual behavior, which the school defines as “not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.” The tribune even speaks on cases that involve BYU punishing and making sexual assault victims take responsibility for the incident.

There are many things that goes into the decision of adding BYU to the BIG XII. But, ISU student government voicing their opinions without consulting their students brought tension and resulted with some students feeling voiceless.