Farewell, Corks and Curls
The Cavalier Daily is reporting today that Corks and Curls, the University’s yearbook — first published in 1888 — has become the latest print publication to fall victim to the Internet Age, and perhaps to the growth of the University itself.
The loss is a big one for future historians of the University. As the CD story notes, “Since its founding, Corks and Curls chronicled all aspects of life on Grounds. In 1919 it included a list of students who were killed in World War I, and the 1970 volume described the school’s co-ed transformation, joking about unused urinals and discussing lingerie ads in The Cavalier Daily.”
But as third-year student Vanessa Orco noted, yearbooks thrive in smaller communities, and U.Va. may not longer qualify. “In high school it’s different because it’s smaller,” she said. “But in college it’s different because you can’t document everything.”
Incidentally, Corks and Curls was the first to print the most famous poem about the University, “The Honor Men,” by James Hay Jr., back in 1903. It concludes with:
Remembering the purple shadows of the lawn, the majesty of the colonnades, and the dream of your youth, you may say in reverence and thankfulness:
“I have worn the honors of Honor, I graduated from Virginia.”