On Friday, April 26, Miami University’s UP Magazine hosted its third release party of the year at Brick Street. This issue and release party was the third and final event of the magazine’s 2018-2019 school year.
This past weekend, UP celebrated its tenth year of publication at Miami. The issue’s theme was “Timeless,” looking to honor the anniversary of the magazine.
After hundreds of issues, the magazine proves to be a staple at Miami.
Every issue has a release party in order to gain awareness for the publication as well as student media as a whole. However, this release party was unique due to appearances from special guests who helped found the publication.
UP editor-in-chief and senior Haley Jena worked with her executive board to gather and invite a group of alumni back to Miami for the celebration.
“We invited anyone from last year’s EICs and publishers to the original founder, Kelly Feland Johnson,” Jena said.
At the event, UP presented Johnson with an award in her honor.
In order to make the release even more memorable Jena and UP publisher and senior Kev O’Hara decided that just a release party wasn’t enough.
Meeting with magazine advisors Fred Reeder and Annie Blair, the team had an idea to bring all of the media organizations together to spread awareness of Miami’s publications. After brainstorming, Reeder suggested the idea of a concert celebration.
After months of planning and pushing back the event because of rain , UP will host Final Fling, a media organization concert, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in Oxford Memorial Park.
The concert will feature performances by Cincinnati bands Coastal Club and Blossom Hall.
“We reached out to RedHawk Radio over J-term to partner with us for this event,” Jena said. “By working with them, have booked two awesome bands from Cincinnati to come in. They are so fun and interesting and such a great way to gain attention for the different student organizations.”
The organization had success with their last release party and will begin their week of magazine distribution in the Farmer School of Business, Armstrong and at the Phi Delta Theta gates.
Junior Bella Douglas will take over as editor-in-chief for the 2019-2020 school year. The incoming executive team is already making plans for the organization and its future.
“Everyone is really proud that we reached this big milestone. I think this shows the magazine can stand the test of time, and it’s an encouraging sign it will keep going for another ten years as well,” Jena said. “So much in our world has changed in the past ten years so I think it’s great we can take a minute to look back and think how much we have changed and kept up.