Remember when I referred to my three-part strategy for posting to UMagazinology despite deadline hell? Strategy One was cut and paste an insight from somebody else for elaboration. Stategy Two was just outsource the whole post—thank you, Paul Dempsey! Strategy Three—monopolize the office scanner to post visuals and let the images do the talking! Let’s begin, shall we?
Clever new covers from NYU Alumni Magazine and Middlebury Magazine.
I feel certain that were Johns Hopkins Magazine to run Middlebury‘s cover, we would get at least one letter complaining about the hand containing three Obama cards and only two Romney cards. Probably from the same guy who sent us a huffy note a few years ago when editor Catherine Pierre referred to Gloria Steinem as “still beautiful.”
Next, a pair of cover portraits of attractive women that seem much different to me. College of Charleston Magazine has a great cover shot of boxer Lucia McKelvey. I especially love the pink boxing gloves. I’m less enamored of the cover of Georgetown Law. The magazine always has a cover portrait of a Georgetown law school person looking all lawyerly. Visually unexciting, but appropriate. This time the magazine opted for a portrait of Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. The fighter McKelvey is subject of a substantial feature profile inside Charleston. There is no cover story on Guthrie, per se—you have to page through all the way to the back cover before you come to a few hundred words of editorial content pertaining to her—which to me makes the Georgetown Law cover feel gratuitously babe-ish.
I am rarely in favor of smiling-subject-facing-the-camera covers, but is this Sarah Lawrence cover not the best? (Photo by Don Hamerman.)
Apparently great Wisconsin minds think alike. First, from the new issue of On Wisconsin, a feature spread on something called Little Free Libraries.
Then, in Beloit College Magazine, a feature spread on . . . Little Free Libraries.
Finally, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Cute animals are cheating. But look at this guy’s face. What’s not to love? From Portland.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. UMagazinology should resume some semblance of normal publication next week.
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)
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.
Didn’t hear how a certain national championship game turned out earlier in the year? Two new covers will tell you.
While we’re talking sports, nice lead on Amber Werley Orand’s piece in Baylor Magazine on club sports:
It’s Saturday morning, and a Baylor athlete arrives at the practice field early to work on his passing. He throws and retrieves, throws and retrieves, trying to nail that elusive perfect arc, breaking out in a sweat despite the chill in the morning air. By the time the first of his teammates arrives, he is tired but elated, confident that he won’t have many turnovers next weekend.
He retrieves his Frisbee one last time and goes to greet his friends.
By the way, Baylor appears to have gone from saddle stitched to perfect bound. Randy Morrison is editor.
The Spring 2011 edition of Beloit College Magazine (edited by Susan Kasten) devotes eight pages to turtles. We’re not talking about natural history or research in the biology department on terrapins. We’re talking turtles as the unofficial mascot of the college. Eight pages on a mascot, and not even the real mascot? (If you must know, officially the sports teams are the Beloit Buccaneers.) Yeah, and it works. Marlo Amelia Buzzell’s “Turtles All the Way Down” is a lot of fun, digging into what seems at first like trivia but turns out to be part of the deep history of not only the college but the community and the region. Never forget that we’re in the nostalgia business. Even an alumni magazine dedicated to serious, long-form journalism can never forget that its mission includes not just sustaining the intellectual engagement of its readers, but the emotional engagement, and more often than not that means playing to our nostalgia for our alma maters. Beloit does this really well with Buzzell’s piece.
The author takes note of everything around Beloit named after turtles: Turtle Creek, Turtle Township. The local minor-league baseball team is the Beloit Snappers. There’s an ancient turtle-shaped effigy mound. Give the school enough money and you become a member of the Chapin Society and receive a turtle pin. The English department’s literary magazine used to be called The Turtle. The president and commencement speakers have work turtle references into their speeches, knowing what works in a Beloit room. The whole thing is goofy fun and I’ll bet was widely read. Plus, it included this priceless picture of the 1947 synchronized swimming team performing a water ballet with lighted candles. They were called The Terrapins. Some of the best stuff is the stuff you can’t make up.