At Wheaton, I helped found the Progressive Alliance, a student political club. I don't remember most of the members (in fact I no longer recall the names of most of my classmates), but Kirsten Cappy was one of the heads -- one of two co-presidents, if I recall correctly -- and Steve Amster (a good friend to both of us) got me involved.

As the nerdiest Progressive, I ended up laying out The Serious Shit in PageMaker. Articles were of course always late, so I remember having to shorten articles I'd just stretched out to fill space, in order to fit post-deadline content onto the page (issues were one to two pages, letter or legal sized).

The Shit was posted on the bathroom stall doors, where we had a guaranteed audience with time to read. I don't recall much more about it, although if Jason Snell revives my old 210mb hard drive, I might get some old issues back -- unless they're on my 6 even older 44mb SyQuest cartridges.

The other thing I recall about TPA & TSS is that my mother convinced me that if I listed "Progressive Alliance" as an activity on my resume, people would decide I was a Communist and not hire me. I don't remember if I took her suggestion and called it "The Humanist Alliance", or simply left it out entirely. There was never any question of listing The Serious Shit on the resume -- I never interviewed for a job where that would have been a plus.

Fortunately, after my first job at Rockefeller University, I had more relevant things to put on my resume, so the Progressive Alliance dilemma quickly became a non-issue.