The EYE was started in 1991 by Lynn Kilchenstein, encountering a composition course full of disparate students writing about experiences that were "literally all over the map." Erik Robb wrote about a trip to the Soviet Union in "My First Look Behind the Iron Curtain," while others had tackled a climbing crisis involving a crevasse, a deer hunt, construction-site mayhem, and more. Then a faculty member in the English Department, Kilchenstein later became the college president. However, the student-run publication took on a life of its own.
In 2015, the journal celebrated its 25th anniversary. Student Lydia Stacy (pictured at left), became editor-in-chief with the goal of publishing the best works from all twenty-five years. Assisted by countless student editors, Stacy scanned in old pieces and described the process of creating this anthology, often used as a supplemental text in English Composition courses.
"We laughed at (and "googled," a word coined in 1998, seven years after the start of The Eye) pop culture references through the years," Stacy wrote. "We traveled to Houston, Russia, London, rural Africa, and Iraq. We sat stunned and silent after being brought back to how we felt that beautiful September morning, over a decade ago, when we watched the sky fall in New York City. And we fell in love. We fell in love with the descriptions, the feelings, the thoughts, and the ideas of students like us, through the years."
NHTI's president Susan B. Dunton praised the journal, saying, "Through your work, you have not only contributed to making the connections among us that are so important to success, but have partaken in weaving the very fabric of the college's rich history. Your writing, your art, your editing, and your page layout are all threads that help bind together our history — and our community."
The Eye continues to publish student writing, and in 2016 will publish its first online journal with the idea of giving voice to a greater number of voices — in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and academic writing — from across the Granite State.