We’re not sure when it started or when it stopped, but once upon an Auburn the Plainsman used April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to vent its frustrations with campus culture to varying degrees of satirical success.
The paper’s April Fools’ edition would often be renamed. There was the Alabama Polytechnic Institute Plowman (“To Fester The Auburn Spirit”—1966), The Auburn Plainboy (“To Pester The Auburn Spirit”—1967), The Weekly Reeker (1968), The Auburn Painsman (1969) The Perverted Press (1970), The Auburn Plainsperson (1979), even… Dear God… the Auburn Tidesman (1974, with “AU absorbed into University of Alabama” above the fold, a photo of AU President Harry Philpott superimposed onto the body of Auburn’s first streaker below). Coverage focused primarily (and suggestively, in the most politically incorrect of terms) on the various freak accidents, crazy capers, and double entendre’d-debauchery of Dean “Joy Boy” Foy, as well as the suddenly libertine policies of Dean Katharine Cater.
But it’s the frivolously farcical fake ads that offer the truest—and quickest—taste of a time when you could pretty much print anything in a student newspaper.
* Playboy photographer loved first visit to Auburn
* That time a cow won Miss Auburn
* An interview with Auburn YouTube sensation Chris Lowe
* “Alabama Polytechnic is the best…” for Eugene Sledge in HBO’s The Pacific
* The Secret History of an Underground Iron Bowl
* 78 never before seen photos of the Kopper Kettle explosion