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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.

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I noted two distinctive items in the Spring 2010 edition (I seem not to have the current issue on hand) of Aurora, the magazine of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (managing editor is Kim Davis). One, UAF bills itself as “America’s Arctic University.” Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s indescribably cool and I now want to go there. Two, this headline, which not too many of our magazines ever have the opportunity to run: “Reindeer Industry Gears Up.” The current issue (left), accessed online, includes these lines from Ned Rozell’s cover story “Rebirth in the Aleutians”:

It’s August 2009, and you’re going to spend the whole day on the island with scientists. This has been a day you’ve thought about for the past year, ever since Kasatochi blew up in August 2008, surprising the two biologists who were living on the otherwise uninhabited island.

I bet they were surprised. (One more thing. UAF fields sports teams in skiing and riflery, and UAF teams are known as the Nanooks. I love this place.)

On Wisconsin, to my knowledge the only university magazine named after a fight song (best lyric: “Stand up, Badgers! Sing!”), has a notable feature from senior editor John Allen, “How to Stage a Lynching.” It’s a profile of theater professor and playwright Patrick Sims, who wrote, staged, and acted a one-man play about civil rights leader James Cameron, who was nearly lynched in Marion, Indiana in 1930. (You may not know the incident but you’ve seen one of the repulsive photographs taken that night, which inspired Abel Meeropol to write the song “Strange Fruit.”) Allen moves gracefully from Sims on stage to the lynching to James Cameron’s story, then to how Sims came to meet Cameron and write his play, Ten Perfect.  Thoroughly reported and deftly written, a fine story. (On Wisconsin co-editors are Niki Denison and Cindy Foss.)

Finally, I’ll have more to say in the future about CASE gold-medalist California, the ambitious magazine of UC Berkeley. But for now, let me just mention what editor Wendy Miller and design director Michiko Toki do each issue with the table of contents. Graphically, the TOC is different every time, and each issue it reflects the cover story. In some cases, I think, concept pushes aside clarity and legibility, but it’s the most creative thing I’ve ever seen attempted with the TOC page. (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Pomona College Magazine leads this edition of UMag Inbox with a special issue on islands. The feature well has the stories of seven Pomona alumni who live or work on islands, though honestly, editor Mark Kendall, isn’t it stretching things a bit to think of Ireland as an island? Okay, it’s got water all around it but still… (I’m just crabby because I want to be the guy who made a movie in the Marshalls.)

Speaking of islands, I got all excited when I pulled out the spring issue of St. Thomas, thinking oh, I could so work for a magazine in the Virgin Islands. Eh, so much for what I know: this is the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Much different, especially in February. Doug Hennes’ story on Jake Mauer, St. Thomas alum, brother of Minnesota Twins’ star Joe Mauer, and a manager in the Twins’ minor league system, caught my eye, and I’m glad. Otherwise I’d have never known that the Mauer boys attended one of the most unfortunately named high schools in America—Cretin-Derham Hall. I don’t want to think about what the team nickname might be. Brian C. Brown edits the magazine. (By the way, I think the magazine’s website is gorgeous.)

On Wisconsin, edited by Niki Denison and Cindy Foss, has a well-turned cover story by senior editor John Allen on the great scientist George Schaller. I like Allen’s wry lead sentence: “George Schaller PhD ’62 is the proverbial voice crying out for the wilderness—or he would be, if there were such a proverb.”

Finally, Vassar has a special issue that I’m saving for a later post. All I’ll say for now: Nice pictures, even the ones where the subjects face the camera and smile.

(Pomona cover photo by Ed Wray; Vassar photo by Evan Abramson.)