YOWL TOWN — In a statement being released right now, The Yowl is proud to announce that we are somehow still around after 15 years, and also 89 years.
The first issue of The Yowl was published on January 24, 2004, as a humorous appendage to The Davidsonian. Headlines from the first issue include: “Christ deemed ineligible for Board of Trustees membership”, “U-Hall hits Eu Hall” (with accompanying image), and “Campus tour salvaged by hyping laundry service.”
‘The Yowl,’ however, was not a name created by the ’04 founders. Rather, it was borrowed from an old campus publication by the same title first printed in 1930.
The Davidsoniana Room actually holds the original periodicals, whose style somewhat resembles the Davidson-specific satire revived in 2004, but also includes a greater range of content that features humorous poetry, illustrations, and fictional short stories.
The cover art on one of the first issues features two cats and the caption “How are you feline?,” a line which critics at the time actually considered the wittiest phrase ever uttered by man. Entertaining pieces such as “Credo of a Davidson Freshman” and “Davidson Definitions” grace the pages of the original magazines.
The original Yowl was published up until 1936, when the weight of the Great Depression became just too much to bear and the Editors grew disheartened, unable to muster up even an ounce of humor amid the greatest economic downturn the country has ever known, presumably.
According to the college archives, The Yowl was later rebranded as a publication called Scripts ‘N Pranks that lasted until 1965, but that didn’t stop the magazine’s original Editors from COPYRIGHTING THE FREAKING NAME!
On Page 194 of Vol. 26 of the Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Periodicals, published in 1931 by the Library of Congress Copyright Office, there is an entry that reads:
“Yowl (The) © W.C. Ragin jr., editor and J.H. Henderlite, business manager of the Yowl, Davidson. N.C. 10513. v. 1, 1931, no. 2, Mar. © Mar. 1; 2 c. Mar. 2; B 108822”
According to highly nuanced US copyright laws that we completely understand, works published after 1922 but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication. So we’re pretty confident that the copyright lasts until 2026. Here’s to at least 7 more years of legitimacy.
With complete sincerity, every former and current Yowl Editor, both living and deceased, thanks our faithful reader(s) for 15 and 89 years of skimming the headlines. We’re also totally speaking on the behalf of the former Editors. We didn’t reach out to any. They may very well hate you.