DPU students start up satire paper

Monday, September 21, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- Two DePauw University students have recently created a new piece of reading material for their classmates -- The Boulder. It is a satire of campus and world news.

Kristina McLane and Katherine Janowski, both sophomores, have just printed their first publication of the satire for the school year. So far, the girls have received good feedback.

Satire is a literary technique of writing or art, which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.

While the girls may not be looking to make or avoid changes, they are working to make The Boulder a publication for their fellow classmates to enjoy reading and maybe have a laugh or two.

"It is a break from everything serious," said McLane, who noted college students are surrounded by seriousness most of the time.

To help the girls are two to three consistent writers and other volunteers helping pull the project together. McLane and Janowski are currently working on becoming a member of the Collegiate Network, which will enable them to be eligible for grants.

Janowski said she jumped on board with the idea of a satire at DePauw because she read The Slant, a satire published at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

"I enjoyed it," she added.

The long-term goal is to have The Boulder become a bi-monthly publication. When McLane and Janowski are seniors, they hope to have underclassmen carry on the publication.

Right now though, they are in need of advertisement to help continue the publication. Anyone interested in helping The Boulder can e-mail theboulderrun@yahoo.com

Copies of the recently published satire can be found on campus in the UB building and in all freshmen dorms. The next publication is scheduled for this Thursday.

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  • There was a DePauw satire paper 4 years ago. It was called The Rutabaga (kind of a spinoff from the Onion) and it lasted 2 issues.

    -- Posted by nativeillinoisan on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 7:01 PM
  • Read the first issue and it was a good start, hopefully they can continue as planned, some funny stuff!

    -- Posted by cycledoc on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 10:13 PM
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