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Jump! was first published by William & Mary students in 1983. It is one of many William & Mary publications. Information gathered by students in LCST 201 "Constructing the News" about some College publications including Jump! is available at the course Wiki

The October 1989 issue of Jump! (p. 15) includes a profile of student Patton Oswalt. Oswalt, class of 1991, is a comedian and actor who has appeared in numerous television programs and films since graduating from William & Mary with a BA in English.

Since the late 1960s, students have frequently produced newspapers and other publications, including literary and creative journals, without official college sanction. The earliest one in the University Archives is The Owl, consisting of one issue published in 1854 by students at the college. The satirical and humorous Fat Head, distributed by The Flat Hat writers, has been in existence since at least 1939. The Special Collections Research Center also keeps copies of current alternative newspapers and publications.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

  • Jump! in the SCRC Collections Database.
  • Jump!, Available in Swem Periodicals and Archives Serials, call number: LH1 .W54 J8.


  • SCRC File.
  • Jump!


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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.