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Now you know (second of a series)

Things I know now because I read alumni magazines:

– In a University of Minnesota study, pasting pictures of vegetables in the compartments of school cafeteria lunch trays resulted in twice as many kids eating green beans. Consumption of carrots tripled. Oh, and astronauts on prolonged space flights lose weight in part because they just don’t eat enough while in orbit. (From “Serving Up Good News About Food,” Greg Breining, Reach from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts)

– Title IX, the piece of legislation that forced colleges and universities to provide equal access to intercollegiate sports for men and women, is composed of 37 words. “Sports,” “athletics,” and “women” are not among them. (From “In the Wake of Title IX,” Melissa Ludtke, Wellesley)

– Beloit College holds an annual theme party called Bizarro Beloit, in which students dress up as another Beloit person of their choosing. Me, I’d come dressed as one of those squirrels, but I bet it’s been done. (From “Incomplete Glossary of Beloitisms,” Beloit College Magazine)

– There is such a thing as a vegan doughnut. Apparently, that means they are made without benefit of eggs or milk, in this case by Dun-Well Doughnuts, founded by a couple of Ithaca College grads. The New York Daily News says Dun-Well makes the best doughnuts in New York City, and co-founder Dan Dunbar says it took he and his partner a while to perfect the recipe. When he dropped their first try at workable dough into the deep fryer, it sank to the bottom and did not pop to the surface for 40 minutes. I bet that one was good. (From “A Business Made from Scratch,” Robin Roger, IC View)

Comic Wars: Revenge of the Yoe

What have I started? No sooner did I make note of The University of Chicago Magazine‘s telling a story through comic graphics, then I heard from Richard Anderson at Occidental about his magazine’s comic feature. Now the esteemed Mary Ruth Yoe has countered with an “oh yeah? well we did it in 2000″ riposte.

OK, the gauntlet has been thrown. Can anybody beat 2000?

From Chicago April 2000, “Nice Guys Finish First.” Now, does anyone want to claim that they were way ahead of  Beloit in the use of squirrels in campus videos?

And speaking of video, though it’s not really one of my keener interests (and UMagazinology tends to concentrate on print), I’d like to hear from editors pointing me toward fine examples of video magazine content. I don’t mean your school’s thank you video or homecoming videos or recruiting videos. I mean video that augments content in your print magazine. You know where to find me.

ComicCon, alumni magazine edition

On Monday, I lauded The University of Chicago Magazine for presenting a feature story in comic form. Richard Anderson, editor of Occidental, got in touch to alert me to something I’d missed from its Spring 2012 issue—the history of Occidental’s founding, told in a six-page comic written by Anderson and drawn by Roman Muradov. Complete with talking squirrels. You can’t beat talking squirrels.

Occidental should get together with the people at Beloit College, who seem to have a squirrel thing, too. (Click both words.) They could stage SquirrelFest.

Remember, it was my idea.

How could you miss me unless I went away?

I know, I know, long time no post. As you may have noticed, UMagazinology went on an unplanned hiatus while Blogmaster D poured his limited attention span into his day job at Johns Hopkins Magazine and then traipsed up to Newfoundland for a vacation. Also, there was a bit of pondering whether the blog would continue. But I am back from vacation and fresh from a meeting in which management expressed enthusiasm for the blog’s continuation, so UMagazinology will resume regularly sporadic publication any day now. Glad to be back. More to come.

Now you know (first of a series)

Five things I would not know had I not been reading the Spring 2012 issues of alumni magazines:

— Seventh-day Adventists eat haystacks. Lest you imagine some of the faithful grazing alongside the livestock, haystacks are, as best I can determine, Adventist taco salads: a carbohydrate, usually corn chips, topped by beans, sometimes ground meat, cheese, chopped vegetables, and maybe guacamole or sour cream. Source: “Needles in the Haystack” by Mia Lindsey in Columns (Southern Adventist).

— People once declared Neil deGrasse Tyson “The Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive.” Yes, it’s mean to, but still one has to ask: Was there much competition? Source: “Star Power” by Rose Cahalan, in The Alcalde (University of Texas).

— For the last few years, an anonymous alumnus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has been sending $100 bills to random undergraduates just before Christmas. The students find the money in their mailboxes, with no clue as to the sender. Source: “Christmas Mail” by David Gutsche, in The Classic (Northwestern College).

— In Antarctica, astronomers launch balloons that carry telescopes to the edge of space. If the launch team succeeds in placing the balloon in a high-altitude wind pattern called the Polar Vortex, it will drift in a large circle and land, two weeks later, only about 100 miles from the launch site. Unfortunately, one telescope’s parachute failed to release and dragged the instrument for 150 miles, spewing pieces of it in a long trail of expensive debris until it disappeared into a crevasse. Source: “Balloon to the Edge of Space” by Kirk Warren, in Oberlin.

— Editor Maureen Harmon once kicked a puppy. She swears she didn’t mean to. Source: “No Miss Manners” by Maureen Harmon, in Denison Magazine.