Rhodes Students Launch Online Magazine with Focus on Memphis

On Jan. 25, Rhodes students launched theGRIND, a free online magazine “to celebrate everything Memphis has to offer, bring controversial issues to light, and recognize exceptional Memphians.” Kendra Lyons, a senior political science major, is founder and editor-in-chief.

“I decided to start theGRIND because I think Memphis is at a really important place in history. Tons of change is happening in the effort for Memphians to make the city a better place,” says Lyons. “We aim to provide an honest and informative publication for Memphians roughly between the ages of 18 and 30, in response to the large amount of young people who are passionate about continuing to bring positive change to our city.” 

Sections include news, music, interviews, sports, events, and arts. Other editors are Michelle Quina, Megan Ververis, Jenny Bitzer, Mary Kate Patterson, Claire Richard, Whitney Baskin, Samantha Hankins and Regina Lucreziano. In addition, Rhodes first-year student Parker Lyons handles logistics, and Rhodes alumnus Peter Hall ’12, founder of SAM: Socially Advance Marketing, designed the publication’s website.

Adds Lyons, “theGRIND is distinctive in that each issue is investigative and in depth so that our readers can feel stronger connections to the people and places that define the delicate cultural structure here. theGRIND was inspired by young Memphians who want to start their lives here which is another unique feature for our magazine.”