Amidst a climate that was hostile to conservatives (much like today),Guest Posting the Review paved the way for students to have a voice on left-leaning campuses Its writers and authors inspired a new generation of Conservatives and Collegiate thinkers.
Since the 80s, the efforts of Conservative college students have been spurred on by the generous support of organizations like the Collegiate Network. lucidremarks Their generous support is the reason more than 100 colleges today have Conservative magazines on their campus. The Review has had an incredibly turbulent history. Students have been nearly expelled and practically persecuted for their publication. But since then, no campus has seen as much dedication or student activism result from their publication as Brown University’s Brown Spectator. The Brown Spectator, founded in 2002, has become an iconic example of how Campus Conservative Magazines should be constructed.
The magazine was started after a nationwide controversy sparked by a newspaper article by Conservative columnist David Horowitz. The Spectator’s articles focused initially on a campus where embattled conservatives were not welcome. They were long, intellectual, and provocative. While the magazine catered to its students at the time, four years after it was founded, students no longer remembered the time that Brown was mired by the Horowitz controversy. The magazine was a remnant.
Since then, the Spectator has completely turned its model around. The new format, contrived by Andrew Kurtzman and Joshua Unseth, is largely credited for turning the magazine around. Students have been incredibly receptive to the changes. With every new issue, the Spectator’s editors have increased the number of issues printed.
After helping revamp the Spectator, Unseth turned his attention to a new project. Unseth worked to gain funding for his newest magazine project, Closing Remarks – Brown University’s first ever Christian magazine. His staff of Ivy League student writers and RISD student artist may have been the perfect amalgamation of intelligence and creativity. In the end, Closing Remarks might be one of the most interesting, beautiful magazines ever put together by students. “I purchased ten different magazines that I liked from the Brown University book store and brought them to a staff meeting,” Unseth said. “We crawled through each publication and pulled out elements that we liked. In the end, Closing Remarks is an amalgamation of elements from Harper’s, the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Good Magazine, about five other publications, and the imaginations of the founding staff.” Because of this foresight, the well-designed elements shine through. It’s as professional looking as can be expected, and the art is stunning.
The articles range from humorous articles about virginity, all the way to articles discussing proof of God’s existence using scientific and mathematical principles. Needless to say, Closing Remarks was not created as a publication that would shy away from controversy.
Just like with Conservative magazines, recently Christian magazines have been popping up like prairie dogs all over American campuses. They now exist on over a dozen college campuses. Unseth refuses to take credit for that, insisting that the surge in Christian publications can be traced back to the founding of Harvard’s Ichthus. But no matter where the inspiration came from, Unseth’s work can in no way be diminished. With the Spectator, Josh made sure that the underrepresented Conservative population of Brown University was heard. With Closing Remarks, Unseth gave the Christians a voice. Provacative and intelligent, Joshua Unseth and students like him are the future of what some are calling a dying industry.