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2011.03.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

First UNO Student Publication Now Viewable Online

Omaha - Issues of a 100-year-old student publication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are now available for viewing online.

More than 300 issues of the YELLow Sheet, one of UNO’s earliest student publications, are available by visiting the Criss Library website at http://l.unomaha.edu/YELLow.

Published from November 1911 through early 1915, the YELLow Sheet offers a digital glimpse into the lives and campus activities of UNO’s earliest students. The university – then the University of Omaha – was barely three years old when the YELLow Sheet surfaced on campus.

Its name was derived from the student editors’ desire for OU students to support and “yell” for the university and its sports teams. The yellow sheets of paper that most issues were typed on simply followed.

The first issues were anonymously tacked to a bulletin board in Redick Hall, the university’s first and only building at 24th and Pratt Streets.

By 1912, writers and editors of the YELLow Sheet were identified, and university administrators approved the new publication as OU’s first student newspaper.

“The YELLow Sheets are extremely valuable to an understanding of early UNO history. These documents provide a rare and entertaining glimpse into the lives and campus experiences of the first generation of UNO students,” said Les Valentine, campus historian. “Now that the YELLow Sheets are available online, the spirit shown by these students and the loyalty they have for their school will be illustrated to a much wider audience.”

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