General University of Maine Publications

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Ray Cudahy, editor

Dana Whitman, managing editor

William Horner, features


University of Maine

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Orono, Maine

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Both a humor and literary magazine, The Pine Needle was a University of Maine student-produced periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs returning to campus.

The Needle reflected an edginess and rebellion not found in previous student publications. While past student publications relied on euphemisms for alcohol and dating on campus, The Needle openly promoted the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students who experienced war.

In response to Alumni complaints that The Needle was "...filled with sex and drinking," the University Publications Committee instituted stricter controls. In this issue, the editorial staff announce that starting in Fall 1947, the publication would publish only four issues of the magazine each year—Fall, Christmas, Spring, and Graduation among "other changes."

Cover art for this issue is an unsigned ink illustration of chatting university students lined up outside a shop bearing a sign that reads "Jifty Cleaners-Dyers." Signs in the shop window reads "We Specialize in Grass Stains. 24 Hour Service.


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