A first rate university merits a first rate humor magazine, and so we bid you welcome to Phroth. This new magazine marks the beginning of efforts to re-establish public humor at Penn State. Penn State boasted a long, honored tradition of written spoof and satire dating back to 1909, unbroken, save for the WWII years, until 1962. Those were the heydays of Phroth, a publication as respected in its time as its contemporaries. The social upheavals of the sixties and early seventies were reflected in the periodic, short-lived revivals of satirical publications here at University Park. In the past twenty years, very few attempts have lasted past the original bursts of enthusiasm. This time will be different. A group of students, together with a faculty advisor, has been working since January of 2000 to launch a campus humor magazine. We hope that the revenue eventually raised by ads, subscriptions and donations will help Phroth become a regular outlet for the high spirits, social commentary, good laughs and genial silliness that are the hallmarks of the college years.
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For one month each summer, students can live and study in the vibrant metropolis that inspired visionary writers from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf. In this faculty-led English Department program, students will explore writings from early and modern authors that capture the comedy and tragedy of this magnificent city. London will be the students’ classroom, and the poems, novels, and plays of London’s authors will be their maps, leading them from Bloomsbury to the Globe Theater, from the British Museum to the Poet’s Corner, and from Cheapside to Whitehall. Learn more about the London Program.