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XU students create E-mag

By Molly Boes
On April 18, 2012

A small group of students has banded together to provide

students with the opportunity to publish articles that reach out to the professional business community in the Tri-State area. The goal is to publish two issues every semester of "The Bellwether." During the fall semester, junior Matt O'Driscoll was asked to help start a student driven -magazine ponsored by the Fifth Third Trading Center.

O'Driscoll took on this challenge and gathered together seven

contributors for the magazine, including junior Ricky Garcia.

Each writer chose a topic that had a Cincinnati and business focus. Topics varied from a story concerning the Tri-State exposure to the Euro Crisis to a story concerning Senate Bill 5. The preliminary mission statement for the publication reads: "To provide original interdisciplinary, financial, economical, and political analysis to a professional public through a publication that grants students the opportunity

to enhance their understanding of the global marketplace through active research and participation." In March, "The Bellwether" published its first issue on their website, but only published two articles. They plan on publishing their

second issue containing eight articles, about 50 pages worth of information, on May 1. The contributors of the magazine make an effort to reach out to a wide variety of people by addressing issues within the business field including politics and economics and feature writers from

all three colleges. In order to find information on their articles, the writers do research both online and by contacting local business professionals regarding their issues. This communication not only allows the writers to have a local professional give information on the issue, but also gives them business contacts. The published Bellwether," as well as future issues, can be found

online at, and anyone interested in becoming a part of the magazine can e-mail Garcia at

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