10 Things… about student publications

We hope your enjoy our new series highlighting ten interesting things from a wide variety of collections and topics represented in the University Archives.  First up: student publications at Maryland.

Expression magazine, c. 1950s

1. Bones, Molars, and Briefs may just be the best yearbook name ever. The professional schools in Baltimore gave their annual yearbook this name in 1897 in honor of their three branches – medical, dental, and law. This publication turned into the Terra Mariae in the early 1900s, select copies of which are digitized on our website.

2. The Old Line, first published in 1930, is easily the most entertaining magazine to peruse due to its puns, jokes, poems, cartoons, and slightly scandalous content. Take, for example, the list of junior girls without prom dates published in a 1933 issue which included “helpful” descriptors of each woman (e.g. brainy, loquacious, pseudo-sweet, and kittenish).

The April Fool’s issue of Old Line from its third year of publication.

3. The Maryland Cow Nipple wins for the publication with the best (i.e. worst) tag lines (see: “milking puns since 1997” and “our moms think we’re funny”). The staff writers of this humorous publication started an eight-year quest to insult every student group on campus — later amended to 12 years. They also compiled a guide to the University of Maryland bathrooms in 2006.

4. The Four T’s, the most mysterious campus publication, first appeared in December of 1956 and became known as the “dirt sheet” due to its crude stories or rumors about administrators and students. The newsletter continued until at least 1973, and the editors were never discovered.

5. The Block and Bridle Herald (c. 1940s) documents the happenings of the Dairy and Animal Husbandry Department and is the prime place to go for information on the university’s herd of cattle and sheep, livestock judging, and how to best prepare for a hog show.

Stylus literary magazine, 2006

6. Maryland does not lack in student publications of the literary variety. Poems, short stories, and artwork by students cover the pages of magazines like The Authorship Review (1929-1930), Expression (1957-1963), The Calvert Review (1963-1990), and Stylus (1995-present).

7. The Argus (1966-1980)a provocative feature magazine aimed to express “student opinion, interests…and activities,” documents student sentiment on campus during some of its most volatile periods, including the Vietnam War protests. One issue contained material so objectionable that the printer refused to print copies.

8. A 1972 publication called Nutshell introduced new UMD students to campus services, organizations, and trends, and provided a helpful map of restaurants and stores in College Park. Articles include “The Way to Become a Sleeping Student,” and “Head Games, or How Do You Motivate Yourself to Learn.”

9. The student publication collection also contains many short newsletters from campus organizations. One of our favorites is The Teutonic Plague, the official newsletter of the Markland Confederation, a branch of the Maryland Medieval Mercenary Militia. Stay tuned for a feature post on the origins of the Militia later in December.

A recent copy of The Public Asian

10. Since the 1980s, publications closely represent the interests of the diverse student body at Maryland. The Eclipse and Black Explosion represent the African-American community, while La Voz Latina is devoted to all things Hispanic. Also available are copies of two Jewish newspapers, HaKoach and Mitzpeh, as well as Hanoori, the paper of the Korean Student Association. The Public Asian (kudos for the creative title) is still in print, with its most recent copies available in the lobby of Hornbake.

All above publications can be found in the library catalog and are located in the University Archives’ UPUB collection in Hornbake Library. The titles listed here represent only a portion of our student publications. Please come to the Maryland Room to request and view items from this valuable and interesting collection. Happy reading!


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