Two English majors will act as editors-in-chief for Butler University’s first student-run humor magazine, Archives.
Senior English major Farhad Anwarzai is the mastermind behind the new campus circular, which was released last week.
“We were just talking about the options for people who wanted to write and it hit me that we really don’t have anything like this,” Anwarzai said.
In November, Anwarzai shared his idea with sophomore English writing major Eric Ellis, who decided to get in on the project.
“I thought it was a great idea, and it was something that I wanted to be a part of,” Ellis said. “It’s not something that we’ve ever done before, but it’s something that interested me.”
In the following weeks, Anwarzai and Ellis compiled a group of six other undergraduate students and two graduate students to create the editorial staff for Archives.
The staff started meeting every Friday to discuss what they wanted for the project.
“We would just bounce ideas off of each other back and forth,” Anwarzai said. “If someone were to walk by one of our meetings, you would never think that we were putting together a magazine.”
The staff approached the Student Government Association in December to receive approval and to receive funding for the project and future issues.
“We all really got together and said, ‘Okay, this is what we want and we’re going to do whatever we can to get it done,’” Anwarzai said. After receiving the funding and approval necessary, the staff started putting the first issue together.
“It’s been tough,” Ellis said. “It’s a big project to take on, but I’m really glad that it all came together.”
Ellis designed and laid out the first issue on his computer while Anwarzai did the editing and handled the business aspect of the issue.
For future issues, though, Ellis said he is hoping to get art students involved.
“To bring someone like an art student in would add a design aspect to the magazine that would be unique,” Ellis said.
Archives will serve as an entertainment magazine for the Butler community. It features things like fake movie reviews, funny horoscopes and satirical pieces.
“In our meetings, we just talk and if something makes us laugh, we write it down and then we write an article about it,” Anwarzai said.
Though the editorial staff has already been meeting, Ellis said they are always looking for contributing writers.
“New people bring completely different and new ideas, so the more we hear from other people, the more variety we’ll get,” Ellis said.
The editors hope to reach outside of the Butler bubble in to bring in contributing writers and readers.
“We want this to be something that every student and even people in the Indianapolis community can engage with,” Anwarzai said. “That is our primary goal.”