Found art? Maybe, maybe not. But spotting
this door deposited in the big blue dumpster that seems
permanently parked beside Botany Pond made my morning walk
one day in March.
| When one door closes...another
As I continued my circuit around the
quads, several scenarios came to mind: perhaps the person
who vacated an office slated for renovation had outgrown
the poster taped to the door. Or perhaps the move had been
one of those all too familiar last-minute marathons—books,
papers, files, and lab equipment hurled into cartons as
the movers waited, leaving no time for the occupant to close
the door behind her, let alone tear off a once-prized poster.
Whatever the cause, the effect was the
same: two symbols of opportunity and new beginnings, left
out to be recycled. Or so we hope.
OK, so snow still littered the quads,
and the butterfly-bedecked door was perched atop a pile
of trash, but harbingers of spring, even ironic ones, are
always welcome in Chicago, especially this year.
Another bit of serendipity came the Magazine’s
way recently. We’ve been invited to join the Ivy League
Magazine Network, a group that includes the alumni magazines
of Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of
Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and (another non-Ivy) Stanford.
And we’ve accepted.
Together the nine magazines will have
a circulation of 880,000 well-educated, loyal readers—an
attractive group for advertisers.
The University of Chicago Magazine
is happy to be joining the group for several reasons. The
first reason—no surprise—is the bottom line:
we expect the Magazine’s share of the Ivy advertising
revenues to help underwrite the costs of producing and mailing
the 112,000 copies that go into the mail each issue. The
second reason is the company we’ll be keeping: eight
publications that regularly win awards for their reporting,
writing, and design.
Advertisements garnered through the network
should begin appearing in our pages over the next few issues.
In other ways we should look and read pretty much the same.
— Mary Ruth Yoe