Because many of our displays utilize the Missouri Student Unions’ collection of Savitar yearbooks, I thought I might say a few quick words about its history. As always, our Savitar collection is on display in the Lower Lair Lounge of the New Student Center. Enjoy!
About Our Savitar Collection:
It is with much fear and trembling that we submit our maiden effort to the mercies of a critical world, but the love of our Alma Mater and the thought of after years spurs us on. –A hopeful greeting from the editors of the inaugural 1895 Savitar.
A god that enlivens, observes, and evaluates the actions of his people would certainly have seemed an apropos symbol for a periodical with similar, albeit secularized, goals. According to MU’s University Archives, the student editors “probably got their idea for the title from Professor James Shannon Blackwell, professor of Semitic and modern languages at the University from 1886 to 1897, who was known as a student of Sanskrit.” Notably, the research conducted by the University Archives suggests that the staff members were also drawn to the name for its aesthetics, as the “editors enjoyed the size and sound of the word ‘Savitar.’”