Letter From the Editor

2018 Issue

Dear Reader,

It was an honor to be editor-in-chief of this year’s issue of the student literary and art magazine and to work alongside such an amazing staff that made it all possible. I would like to thank everyone who submitted their writing and artwork for consideration. The staff and I truly enjoyed the experience of reviewing the creative work of the SUNY Plattsburgh community, and ultimately the decisions we had to make were very difficult.

Our magazine underwent some critical changes for the 2018 issue, and I am proud to have been a part of making those changes. The 2018 issue of our magazine marks its launch as North Star Literary/Arts Magazine. We made the decision as a staff to disband the name “ZPlatt” after we discovered, while reading Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Michael E. Groth, that our former namesake, Zephaniah Platt, the founder of Plattsburgh, was the owner of a slave named Tone. It was also found by Plattsburgh town historian, Jerry Bates, that Platt owned a second slave named Cato during his lifetime. This year’s magazine staff has made the decision to denounce Platt’s actions in the changing of the magazine’s name. The name “North Star” is a reference to the pole star, which was followed by escaping slaves, and served as a beacon of freedom. Through this decision we hope to encourage others to take similar stances against emblems of discrimination.

It is our hope that North Star Literary/Arts Magazine will continue to be a creative forum for the students of SUNY Plattsburgh for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Sara Ransom

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Poetry Editor: Gio Miller

2018 Staff

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Where are you from?

Harlem, NY

Major?

English/ Philosophy

Life goal?

Criminal Judge

Favorite color?

 Black

Favorite food?

Oxtails and White Rice

Favorite TV show?

The Office

Favorite bathroom?

In my House

Favorite kind of hat?

Snapback

What are you passionate about?

Social Equity

Favorite hobby?

Reviewing amendments

Least favorite word?

oh

Favorite movies?

The Notebook, Lion King, Hunger Games

Favorite music genre?

Hip Hop

Favorite animal?

Wolf

Favorite thing about myself?

The ability to be Versatile

Favorite childhood memory?

Going to Disney world with my family.  

Favorite time of day?

1:00PM

Fiction Editor: Jennifer Pineda

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What’s your major?

English Writing Arts

Where are you from?

Bronx, New York

Do you hold grudges?

I probably don’t hold grudges. But then again, I’ll never forgive Gregory from second grade for being a little snitch. And I’m still mad at my cousin for putting sugar in my corn flakes when I was five years old.

What’s your favorite most recent memory?

Last summer, I went with my sister to go pick up her diploma from my old high school and the guidance counselor asked me if I had a job yet and when I told her I did not, she said, “I can’t believe as soon as you graduated high school, you thought you could get lazy and not do anything,” to which I responded, “I’m not working this summer because I got cancer.” The look on her face when I said that is what keeps me warm at night.

Best compliment you’ve ever received?

“You look like a gothic dinosaur.”

What’s your favorite hobby?

It’s either procrastinating writing or buying books that I know I don’t have the time to read.

What’s one of your pet peeves?

When I was in high school, my English teacher took ten points off an otherwise fine essay because I forgot to use two commas and now whenever I read something that needs commas, I die a little inside.

Favorite childhood memory?

If I had to pick one, it’d probably be the time that my friend brought her mom’s stethoscope to school to find out if I had a heart.

Favorite time of day?

Three in the morning. It’s the best time to procrastinate doing homework and writing.

Life goal?

Not to have to be a starving artist. As long as I’m not working at Hot Topic in ten years, I’ll be good.

Social Media & Online Editor: Kavita Singh

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Major?

Journalism

Life goal?

To be a travel writer/blogger. I like writing and traveling, so it’d be awesome to combine the two passions.

Favorite color?

Yellow

Favorite food?

Sushi, nachos, calamari, oysters

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad, Impractical Jokers, Black Mirror, Gossip Girl, and anything Food Network

What are you passionate about?

Feminism

Favorite hobby?

Playing the ukulele, chilling with friends, playing online poker

Favorite movies?

La La Land, Storks, The Babadook, Shutter Island, Whiplash

Favorite animal?

Llamas. They’re so cute and goofy.

Favorite thing about myself?

That I can be a fierce leader while still being kind-hearted

Favorite time of day?

Midnight. I’m a night owl, so I’m either ready to party or ready to Netflix and eat in bed. Either way, it’s a win.

Non-fiction Editor: Ariana Maciel

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Major?

English Writing Arts and English Literature

What are your interests?

Playing the ukulele, making funny videos, role playing, making up words

Life goal?

To be peaceful and present in all my endeavors

What are you passionate about?

Life, food, alcohol, animals, literature, philosophy

Favorite TV show?

Girls, Sons of Anarchy, It’s Always Sunny, Game of Thrones

Favorite color?

Black

Favorite word?

Flabbergasted

Favorite time of the day?

Sunrise and sunset

Fondest memory(ies)?

When my little sister was born in 2001, When my father came back from Iraq in 2002, When my mother was pronounced cancer free in 2015.

What do you love about yourself?

My versatility.

 

Non-fiction Editor: Emily Almodovar

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Major?

English: Literature with a Journalism minor.

Where are you from?

New York City.

Favorite color?

Blue.

Favorite food?

Italian, sushi, avocados/guacamole, sautéed vegetables.

Favorite TV Show?

Bob’s Burgers, The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Family Guy.

Favorite movies?

I have a lot of favorites, but I love Moana, Pulp Fiction, Get Out, and The Shining.

What are your plans for after college?
My future goal is to become an editor for a publishing company, but right now I am looking into a summer graduate program at NYU. I also plan to travel a few times and try new things!

What is your favorite word?

I have many favorites, a few are paradox, salient, and plethora.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I want to visit every Caribbean island, especially Puerto Rico. I also want to travel to Italy and other places in Europe. I really want to try a lot of the food from all those places!

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

My favorite, most memorable college experience is getting my septum piercing—I did not think I would ever get that piercing! I really thought I was going to faint or cry, but I toughed it out. I had to go to class right after, too.

Non-fiction Editor: Jason Lima

2018 Staff

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What’s your major?

I study Writing Arts, which means I write things down, and study how to write things down.

What is your favorite color?

I love black. And lavender.

Favorite hobby?

Being a Game Master for Dungeon & Dragons. I also collect board games when I’m bored. HA! Get it?

Favorite Music Genre?

Pirate Metal

What are your favorite movies?

The Shawshank Redemption is the pinnacle of good storytelling. 

What is your favorite food?

Good Ramen

What is your least favorite word?

Necessary

Favorite time of day?

Breakfast

Life Goal?

To figure out what my life goal is. Let me know if you find one for me.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My hair.

Art, Photo & Production Design: Christina Record

2018 Staff

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Where are you from?

Rockland County

Major?

Graphic Design

Favorite hobby?

Hanging with my dog

Favorite color?

Blue

Favorite food?

Ceviche

Favorite TV show?

Game of Thrones

What are you passionate about?

Food

Favorite music genre?

R&B

Favorite animal?

Sloth

Favorite time of day?

1:30 a.m.