METAMORPHOSIS Talisman Magazine
Issue No. 09

CONTENTS

Life Unfolding

A journey from Zimbabwe to the Hill

Through the Grapevine

Let the good wines flow

At the Altar

Finding self through religion

More to Go

A look into WKU’s Black history

Little by Little

Experiences with microdosing psychedelics

Happy at Home

A different way of learning

A Liberal Right to Bear Arms

Owning guns as a leftist

Self-Titled

Coming out from a small town

Pandemic Politics

Chronicling Bowling Green campaigns

Back to the Wild

A wild animal rehab center

Start to Finish

Student perspectives from the Hill

Transpose

Local music adjusts to COVID-19

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METAMORPHOSIS

Dear reader,

Ask yourself: How do you think of the time before now? Do you look back at life before the COVID-19 pandemic and remember when it was safe to gather together? Perhaps you remember even practically begging for alone time? Do you approach topics of diversity and inclusion differently after the Black Lives Matter protests? Do you consider how a brutally divided election has impacted your political beliefs?

The world has transformed, for better and worse, in 2020. It has brought the idea of change and uncertainty into the forefronts of our minds day in and day out. Indeed, the pandemic has forced us to move our print magazine into this online format for the first time ever, with no certainty on when a print edition will return. Change isn’t the best word to describe what’s happened to us all this year, as change can, at times, be small forgotten details throughout the day. Rather, we are undergoing long-term, life-changing developments: a metamorphosis.

Communities flourish off their most participatory members. Those members have struggled to make it through the pandemic but are finding ways to survive, such as in “Transpose” and “Through the grapevine.” Members who wanted to lead us through this turbulent period campaigned against challenges in “Pandemic politics.”

But a pandemic is not the only catalyst for metamorphosing.

We wanted to cover stories of people who embody and embrace metamorphosis, like in “Self-titled,” the story of a transgender person from a small Kentucky town finding their identity and acceptance from the closest people in their life. We’ve found human selflessness toward animals in “Back to the wild,” which details a woman’s mission to nurse wild animals back to health. Religion can also inspire personal growth, as we detail in “At the altar.”

We’ve looked internally at the ways WKU has handled racism and how it could progress in “More to go.” We’ve also explored how perspectives of life on the Hill change from freshman to senior year in “Start to finish.”

Metamorphosing can mean going against the mold, like leftists who own guns in “A liberal right to bear arms,” or in finding an existence far away from home like in “Life unfolding.” It can mean exploring perspectives outside of normality, such as those who microdose psychedelics in “Little by little.” Or, it can mean learning and exploring the world in your own way, like our subject in “Happy at home.”

We believe as you read through these stories, you’ll find yourself inspired by the ways people bring great change to themselves and others. We also think you should be reassured by the notion that you, too, can handle significant changes, even amidst crisis. Now, with all that in mind, ask yourself: How do you think of the time after now?

Happy reading,

MAX ZAMBRANO
Editor-in-Chief

EDITORIAL BOARD

Max Zambrano

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jess Brandt

WRITING CO-EDITOR

Emily Lancaster

WRITING CO-EDITOR

JB Carter

DESIGN EDITOR

Morgan Bass

PHOTO EDITOR

Raegan Steffey

COPY EDITOR

Annalee Hubbs

WEB WRITING EDITOR

Bailey Cooke

WEB PHOTO EDITOR

Madalyn Stack

WEB ILLUSTRATION EDITOR

Ally Mefford

MARKETING MANAGER

Joeleen Hubbard

WEB MANAGING EDITOR

*Sam Oldenburg

TALISMAN ADVISER
*not an editorial board member

MAGAZINE STAFF

Bethel Akilu

WRITER

Emma Bayens

PHOTOGRAPHER

Ruby Chapdelaine

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Nicole Christensen

WRITER

Jack Dobbs

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Macie Dowell

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Claire Dozer

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Zora Gordon

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Richard Gregor

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Allie Hendricks

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Erin Horton

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Jacob Latimer

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Addison LeBouttier

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Nikki Ogorek

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Jack Quinn

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Preston Romanov

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Madalyn Stack

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Nicole White

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Gabby Wilson

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