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The Vagabond.

Scope and Content Note

Published from 1923 until 1931, primarily as a bi-monthly publication with some interruption, The Vagabond featured the poetry, visual art, essays, criticism, short stories and humor which targeted not only Indiana University's undergraduates, but also its alumni and prominent members of the faculty. Often, articles were authored under humorous, though rather obvious pseudonyms, the most famous of which was William E. Moenkhaus who worked under the pen name Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus.

The cover and pages of each issue were highlighted by reproductions of paintings, sculpture and prints by talented members of the student body as well as notable members of the faculty such as T.C. Steele, Robert E. Burke and Harry Engel. Reoccurring columns such as the "Campus Silhouette" humorously highlighted noted members of the campus faculty and administration, such as T.C. Steele, Carl Eigenmann and Dean Charles Sembower. The column "Notes on Higher Education at Indiana" featured articles highly critical of the university, and documented topics such as mandatory R.O.T.C. participation, athletics, greek life and the Business School. Other highly satirical editorials sought to address other hot issues of the era such as racial inequality, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, gender inequality, and the existence of women's dormitory hours. Other articles were satirical simply for the sake of humor such as the article "In Defense of Necking," or featured the now bygone campus landmarks such as the Book Nook and the wooden boardwalk.