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The Razorback is the student run, award-winning yearbook at The University of Arkansas. It is published yearly and distributed to students and faculty free of charge every fall. The Razorback contains a mix of stories on topics pertaining to student life, academics, athletics, organizations on campus, as well as a section of individual student photos. The Razorback also uploads stories and upcoming yearbook sneak peaks regularly to their website.




Currently, The Razorback consists of 7 photographers, 9 writers, 5 designers, a photo editor, copy editor, webmaster and 1 marketing person all being lead by Nick Carter, the Editor-in-Chief, and Ryan McSwain, the assistant editor.

While many days and nights are spent slaving away, there is never a dull moment in the yearbook office. This staff is known for their occasional pranks and obsession with YouTube.

Any University of Arkansas student is eligible to apply for a position at The Razorback. Students wanting to apply can find an application online at our website or pick up one in Kimpel 119L.


Established in 1897, The Razorback was originally named The Cardinal until 1916— six years after the football team had taken on the new name "Arkansas Razorbacks”.

The Razorback's first staff in 1897
The Razorback's first staff in 1897.

A Glimpse into the Past

1907: Included quotes from students, for example H.R. Smith, then a junior, spoke “Some day I’ll sure be a lawyer.” G.C. Morris, a junior from Lonoke, said “Give me a pencil, I’ll report the news.” Sam Ross, a sophomore from Fayetteville, spoke “Just watch me while I do it”.

1928: “Arkansas Beauties”— Women entered their photos into a beauty contest, six were chosen by the photographer, as they were to him “the most charming”. These six were given full-page photos. They also had a prom club this year.

1932: The club Deutscher Verien completes its third year of being on campus, following its inactivity after 1917. The club has gained back its prestige and usefulness it enjoyed before the war. Meetings included such events as lectures, short talks in German, German songs, burlesques and plays.

1937: The Home Economics Club is one of the largest student organizations on the campus. This is the only professional organization dealing with home economic problems.

1940: Black Cat Cotillion was founded on campus to sponsor closer interfraternity social relations as well as encourage formal dances. The cabinet is composed of one member from eight of the ten fraternities on campus, one town boy, and a stray Greek. When the organization decides to have a dance (usually in December, March, and May), each fraternity is given a quota depending on its size, and the member from that group takes word back to his fraternity brothers.

1942: Due to the war, during the first semester around 100 men left school to join the armed forces. Second semester enrollment dropped twice the usual amount, leaving 1,760 persons. The College of Engineering lost 16.5 percent of its enrollment, the most of any other college. The smallest loss was a 6 percent decline in the College of Education. New defense courses appeared on the curriculum, including Civilian Pilot Training I and II, Design Principles Basic to Camouflage, classes in sheet metal work, classes in explosives and Red Cross first aid classes were conducted at the Student Union for both students and townspeople.

1949: There were many publications on campus including:

The Razorback-- The yearbook was able gather enough money to produce a large four-color picture in the 1949 publication, a great accomplishment.

The Arkansas Traveller-- This student newspaper published a four page edition every Tuesday and an eight page edition every Friday. The newspaper covered everything from dances, sports and meeting announcements to more intimate things such as a boy and girl deciding to go steady.

The Guild Ticker-- This business magazine was published each semester by students in the business school. This publication included articles on local businessmen, up-and-coming businesses in Arkansas and a look into the daily life of a business student and the UA.

The Agriculturist-- This publication by the students in the college of Agriculture was published monthly and included articles on outstanding research done by students in the school, staff spotlights, pictures, jokes and even a section by the Dead that contained many helpful suggestions to students.

The Engineer-- This was the official publication for the College of Engineering. The magazine, while mostly informational, contained a joke section that students described as something they all wanted to see in print, but just didn't think anyone would print it. The magazine was also popular for its St. Patrick's Day (Engineer's Day) issue in which St. Pat and his queen were announced.

The Law Review-- This is the third year for this lawyer-targeted magazine to be published. This publication had a circulation upwards of 1,400 copies being distributed to UA law students, members of the Arkansas Bar Association and to a large number of other law schools throughout the country. Articles consisted of critical and analytical legal writing on topics of interest to the Arkansas bench and bar as well as articles written by faculty members, outstanding lawyers and authorities of other states.

1953: With a new physics building at UA and new industrial plants being built around the state, the university and the state of Arkansas are said to be leading the way in industrial expansion.

1960: The university was known for its new modern structures including Brough Commons which opened this year.

1971: This year saw many committees on campus including the Fashion Committee, Art Committee, Film Committee, Celebrity Showcase, Hostess Committee, Coffeehouse Committee and the Travel Committee.

1976: Enrollment hit a new record at 12,254 students this year. 10,114 being Arkansas residents, 364 Texans, 299 Missourians, 222 Oklahomans, 125 Louisianians, as well as at least one student from the other 45 states and from 44 foreign countries. The largest group of foreign students is 38 from Iran.

1983: In the summer, gasoline hit 80 cents per gallon. Arkansas played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans.

1990: Old Main had an $11.3 million renovation, installing air conditioning, elevators and 100,000 more square feet. The football team made its second consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance and the men's basketball team reached the NCAA Final Four.

1995: University Programs sponsored the fastest-selling show yet-- Barney and Friends. $30,000 of the proceeds from the show went to Helen R. Walton Children's Center.

1996: Baum Stadium opened on April 13 with the Razorbacks playing against Auburn.

1998: The Razorback men's track team captured its sixth Southeastern Conference Indoor Championship, winning by 104 points over second-place LSU.

1999: The Goo Goo Dolls played at Barnhill Arena

2001: John R. Locke, comparative literature program director, was shot and killed by James Easton Kelly, a non-degree graduate student, on the first day of classes in fall 2000 in Kimpel Hall Room 231. After shooting Locke, Kelly turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.

2003: James Earl Jones, voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, King Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King and actor in the film Field of Dreams, came to the U of A to speak at the Martin Luther King Celebration. Jones spoke of the need for cultural awareness in America, his childhood, his mentors, his life's work and the struggles he has had to overcome.

2006: The Campaign, which raised $1.046 billion to benefit students, faculty, academic programs, capital and libraries, marked a major milestone in the history of the U of A. The Campaign for the 21st Century increased student scholarships and faculty endowments, allowed for the building of the Randal Tyson Center and the renovation and expanding of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium as well as helped to update Mullins Library.

2007: Alpha Omicron Pi becomes the newest sorority to come to campus in 17 years.

2008: Foo Fighters perfomed at the Greek Theater. Houston Nutt leaves the UA behind after working ten years as the head coach of the Razorbacks to coach at Ole Miss.

2009: RazAlert was introduced to campus, providing students with immediate notice of extreme weather, acts of violence or school closings straight to their phones and email.

2010: H1N1, aka swine flu, spread at an alarming rate, and by the last week of September, the UA reported 228 diagnosed cases. H1N1 symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting and fever.

2011: Two back-to-back blizzards, dubbed a Snowpocalypse, forced the university to close from Feb. 1-3, open late and close early on Feb.4, and then close again from Feb. 8-11. Students used the "vacation time" to enjoy a snowball fight or two, have a few drinks on Dickson, sled down the hill in front of Reid, put off homework and catch up on sleep.

How to Look Through Old Razorback Yearbooks

If you would like to go back in time by flipping through Razorback yearbooks dating back from 1897 as well as get a glimpse of the yearbook being currently produced, go to the archives section on our website.

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