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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:

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The current Oberlin Alumni Magazine (Jeff Hagan, editor) contains an excellent essay, “Poetry is Dangerous,” by Oberlin associate professor Kazim Ali. Ali, of Indian descent, left a box of discarded poetry manuscripts beside a trash can on the campus of the Pennsylvania school that employed him in 2007. Someone in the ROTC office, which is located in the building fronting the trash can, called the police because what else could a foreign-looking, dark-skinned man who leaves a box in front of a building be but a terrorist? The police overreacted, evacuating buildings and canceling classes. Here is the last paragraph, which reflects the elegance and thoughtfulness of the whole essay:

My body exists politically in a way I cannot prevent. For a moment that day, without even knowing it, driving away from campus in my little Beetle, exhausted after a day of teaching, listening to Justin Timberlake on the radio, i ceased to be a person when a man I had never met looked straight through me and saw the violence in his own heart.

A new look for Temple, or The Magazine Formerly Known as Temple Review. Executed by Greatest Creative Factor in Baltimore, the new design, above left, is cleaner, more contemporary, and more adventurous in its typography. Plus it’s got some 50-foot numbers, so you know it’s good. (There are also hilarious photographs of a lizard running, and how often can you say that?) I can’t tell from the masthead who is most responsible for editing, either Betsy Winter Hall or Maria Raha, so I’ll give them both credit.

Virginia Tech Magazine (Jesse Tuel, editor) sports its own new look. Again, new is on the left, old on the right.

Finally Harvard Medicine has issued a video trailer promoting its forthcoming spring issue. This may not be a first for a university magazine, but it’s the first one that’s come to my attention. Many of us are producing video extras for magazine websites and iPad editions, but I haven’t seen a trailer before. Good idea, if you have the resources. Ann Marie Menting is editor. (Oh, clicking on the image below will not play the video. Sorry—I haven’t figured out how to embed video yet. Remember, I’m an old print guy.)