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Doug Kneeland, editor

Jim Lumsden, business manager

George Liakakos, managing editor


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 periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs returning to campus.

Unlike past UMaine student publications, The Needle celebrated the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students. Outrage expressed by older alumni resulted stricter oversight of the magazine beginning in 1947. By 1949, the first wave of World War II GI's were graduating and the restless, rebellious tone of The Needle began to shift as the threat of the Korean War loomed.

The spring 1951 "House Party Issue" cover features a pen-and-ink illustration by Zinas "Zeke" M. Mavodones, depicting a female Greek statue attempting to flee from a lecherous, predatory male Greek statue. The couple is surrounded by a pack of rabbits. In the background is a frat house bearing the insignia for Iota Phi Theta.

Mavodones was born in Portland, Maine in 1932 and following his graduation from the University of Maine, relocated to Poughkeepsie, New York, where he established a career in education and became active in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Mavodones became the coordinator of Adult Education in the Poughkeepsie Public School System and ultimately co-founded and served as the president of the Duchess [County] Association for Continuing Education.

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The Pine Needle is published by students of the University of Maine.


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