In a University dominated by the sciences, students believed that an alternative creative outlet was important. From these thoughts and efforts, The Elixir Literary Journal was born. The Elixir plays an important role in student life. Here, student creative output, from dramatic plays and poems to still life photography, is given a place to be appreciated and explored.
Since its first publication in 1963, the journal has evolved often, but it has emerged to celebrate student writing. Under Professor Christine Flanagan, The Elixir has managed to publish reliably, while extending its network. From stapled packets of paper to perfect binding, the journal is a product the Elixir can be proud of.
In its own way, the creation and development of The Elixir was an experiment, one that its founder Professor Richard Fleu described best when he wrote in the first issue:
“Elixir has no staff—no editors, literary board, artists, business and circulation managers. It cannot accurately be described, therefore, as a full-fledged extracurricular activity. It boasts only contributors, most of whom have not written specifically to be published in its pages. How was it born? Several interested students suggested that something like a literary magazine would fill a need not filled by available activities. These students recognized that such a publication would inevitably be experimental. For would a busy professional college provide a sufficient number of contributors? Readers? In short, would a sufficient number of students support the effort and make possible subsequent issues? The risks of such an undertaking seemed slight, and a spirit of optimism spoke affirmatives to every question. Each contributor agreed to cut his own stencils; the staff of the Department of Languages and Social Studies agreed to assist in coordinating activities. All who have had a part in creating Elixir hope that you the readers will find their experiment worthwhile.”
To answer Professor Fleu’s question, The Elixir, backed by students and staff, has been a success despite the obstacles in its path.