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Until the Fall 2012 issue arrived in my mailbox yesterday, I had no idea that the annual magazine of Nicholls State University in Louisiana was exuberantly named Voilà! Because I am easily amused, I spent a few enjoyable moments imagining myself doing a story for it, announcing myself at the reception desk of an academic department as “Dale Keiger from Voilà!” with a dramatic flourish of the hand. Here are some other alumni magazines with quirky names:

Aurora (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

1300 Elmwood (Buffalo State College)

Think (Case Western Reserve)

Demo (Columbia College Chicago)

Pulteney Street (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Terp (University of Maryland)

Buzz (Metropolitan State University)

The Classic (Northwestern College)

Portraits (St. Anselm College)

Red (Seneca College)

The Extra Mile (Southern New Hampshire University)

Sawdust (Stephen F. Austin University)

The Alcalde (University of Texas)

Owl & Spade (Warren Wilson College)

I know the stories behind some of those names, but not all. To my knowledge, Terp is the only university magazine named after the sports teams nickname, unless you count Brown Bear, published by Brown University athletics. (Were the University of Akron to follow suit, its magazine might be named Zip!, which I actually like. Tufts would become Jumbo. Not a good idea.) It didn’t make my list above, but On Wisconsin is the only one titled after the school fight song. At least, I think it’s the only one.

The new issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine is entirely given over to Dartmouth alumni who are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling their own stories. More about that in a later installment of UMagazinology.

Temple University Magazine recently revamped its design, and in its latest edition published some of the reaction to the change and to the magazine overall. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed praised the magazine as “informative,” and 84 percent said it was “attractive.” Four percent described editorial content as “shallow,” and someone griped that the “Temple T” symbol was hidden on the back cover. Can’t please ’em all. For that last sourpuss, here ya go, compliments of the blog:

Finally, WIT from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston—hey, that one should have made my list up above!—did a clever bit of data presentation in the Summer 2012 issue. Students collected more than 17,000 pounds of recyclable material as part of a national effort called Recyclemania. The magazine broke down the numbers according to residence hall, then presented the stats in animal equivalents. Wit indeed:

One comment

  1. Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley

    I’m the assistant editor of Hobart and William Smith’s Pulteney Street Survey, and we are totally proud to have made your list of quirky named magazines! As it turns out, though, ours isn’t terribly quirky: Pulteney Street is the name of the street that runs through the center of campus. In effect, our magazine is an archaeological and statistical (and fascinating, we hope) survey of what’s happening on and around Pulteney Street.

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