Women students at La Verne now have their very own online magazine geared toward addressing their issues, struggles and interests.
Her Campus is a platform by women and for women across the country with chapters in some of the biggest Ivy League universities. And now, it is here at La Verne.
Her Campus was created by three Harvard women, who were undergraduates in 2009. It has become a national online magazine for college women around the country and a place for them to find stories related to their colleges.
Kellie Galentine, sophomore journalism major, and Chloe Addleman, junior multimedia major, worked together to open up a chapter in La Verne.
“I knew about Her Campus before I started college,” said Galentine, editor in chief of the La Verne chapter. “I always wanted to be a part of it because it is a great segue into working in the magazine industry which is what I want to do… So, when I came to La Verne, it didn’t have a Her Campus (and) I just decided that it would be a great idea to start one,” she said.
The two students met their first year and shared interest in the website. They sent out their application as co-leaders last September, after which they underwent a phone interview and had two weeks to create content. As of last semester, Her Campus La Verne and website has been active, uploading blogs and articles weekly.
“There are a lot of women’s magazines out, there but there is nothing that you can really interact with on a personal level,” said Addleman, president of the club. “So, having something on your college campus is a really good way to access that. We have an opportunity to express that and write about it.”
Her Campus La Verne has several sections including News, Campus Celebrities, Campus Cuties, a style blog and events, among others. Under its Campus Celebrities section, it has featured students Noelle Cozbar, SPARK leadership coordinator; Mariela Patron, Campus Times editor in chief; and Ava Jahanvash, debater and former ASULV president.
“My goal is to empower people and give them positive recognition for things that they are doing,” Galentine said.
“Six Things You Should Know About the Sochi Olympics,” “How Vista Students Feel about the Car Exile” and “21 Ways ULV Makes Dating Awkward” are some of their latest posts. The articles posted on the website include interactive pictures and GIFs to entertain and entice readers.
Its fun and light-hearted articles are not all that Her Campus La Verne wants to offer to their readers. Through a creative, entertaining perspective it hopes to address more serious issues. One of their most recent blog posts centers around feminism and the movie “Frozen.”
“We are trying to branch out and bring a little bit more richness and diversity to some of the things that they write about,” Addleman said. “A lot of the pieces can be about beauty, and we wanted to bring a little something more serious, more feminist-edge sort of things.”
Her Campus La Verne club currently has 15 members and they meet at 5 p.m. Thursdays.
“I liked that it targeted college age women and specific to your campus,” said Alison Rodriguez, junior journalism major and member of the club. “It’s getting our name out there and that we can compete with big schools.”
Apart from featuring more serious issues, Her Campus La Verne hopes to become a bronze-level chapter, a ranking it will achieve by the number of page views it receives in comparison to the student population and for different promotional activities, like keeping their Instagram and Pinterest updated.
As of press time Her Campus La Verne received 1,910 page views in one week, its highest number so far and representative of half of the student population on campus.
Bernarda Carranza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.