Fall 2012

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‘Cuts & Grinds’ Finds Inspiration in History

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Archival project pairs images of Northwestern past and present.

During spring quarter then junior Bhargav Rajamannar and then sophomores Edwin Lim, Alex Glancy and Monica Yi pored over thousands of University Archives photographs to find iconic images of Northwestern life. Then they added a modern-day twist, displaying the historical images juxtaposed with photos of current Northwestern students, submitted via Facebook, engaged in similar activities. They posted the photographs on Tumblr, a social media site.

The project is called “Cuts & Grinds,” based on a student’s 1914 diary entry that classified Northwestern students into “cuts,” who skipped class, and “grinds,” whose noses never left their books.

The group hopes to pass the project on to University Archives so it can become part of Northwestern’s history.

“History is a unifier,” said Rajamannar. “The fact that we are in this one place together, we are part of a legacy.”