Washington State Magazine

Washington State Magazine :: Fall 2013

Fall 2013

In This Issue...


Water to the Promised Land :: As an aquifer declines, Columbia Basin farmers look to water promised them 80 years ago. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Interactive map of the Columbia Basin Project }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Background: The Columbia Basin Project’s past and present }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Irrigation Images of the Columbia Basin by Zach Mazur}

Booze, Sex, and Reality Check :: Student drinking may always be with us, but behavior modification could make it less risky. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks demonstration }

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose :: Chances are, you do not get enough sleep. And that could be dangerous. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: WSU Spokane’s Deadly Force Decision-making Simulator Bryan Vila at the WSU Sleep and Performance Center }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Fatigue at Sea: A Circumnavigator’s Story }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: How to say “Go Cougs” in sign language }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: A fitting business: Businesswoman and tailor Lucy Stevenson Photographs by Robert Hubner}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Soccer concussions }


:: First Words

:: Posts

:: Short subject: Constant coffee

:: Sports: Composing Cougar soccer

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Recipes: Sweet Corn }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: The original story of Nature Boy }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Music: Compositions of Charles Argersinger }

New Media

Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible edited by Richard D. Fulton ’75 PhD and Peter H. Hoffenberg

Love Reports to Spring Training by Linda Kittell

Rugged Mercy: A Country Doctor in Idaho’s Sun Valley by Robert S. Wright

New & Noteworthy: Luna Sea by Kim Roberts ’82; The Boys From Ireland: An Irish Immigrant Family’s Involvement in the Civil War by Neil W. Moloney ’53; Biodesign Out for a Walk by Lowell Harrison Young ’72; Characterization of Biomaterials edited by Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose

Cover: “Irrigation” by Mark Zack, acrylic on canvas, 2010.

Fall 2013
Web Exclusives

The original story of Nature Boy

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Washington State University’s sculpture “The Reader” made its first appearance on campus in 1949. The Powwow, the college’s alumni magazine, carried the following story in 1949, which showed the mixed response to the large ornament dubbed “Nature Boy” by the students.

What’s New on the Campus?

by Bonnie Wamberg
November 1949, Washington State College Powwow

Campus conversational piece de’ resistance this month concerned the 30-foot limestone figure which now adorns one corner of the new Ernest Holland Library. Student opinion and comment blew hot and cold, for and against the 40-ton ornament. Some say it is beautiful, some say it looks phhhht.

A compromise between the traditional and modern, according to sculptor Dudley Pratt, the figure has drawn attention not only from students and campus visitors, but from the press as well.

Student interest prompted Evergreen editor Bob Berry to gather data and opinion for a click story in the college blat. He found: the cost of the statuary came to $21,618; that the minor civil war of campus opinion regarding its worth and beauty was just about evenly split, and that “Nature Boy,” as the students have dubbed the stupendous ornament, is at least worth its 40 tons in publicity.

In the meantime, “Nature Boy,” whether it is an embodiment of the spirit of the rolling hills of the Palouse, or whether it might be emblematic of a tired student who has just flunked a chem exam, continues to look over old College hill from his high perch, and take ridicule and praise with an unbiased, cool aplomb.

Cover of the November 1949 WSC Powwow, featuring Nature Boy

A smiling workman, the 30-foot sandstone figure gracing one corner of the new Ernest Holland library, plus light and shadow combine to make an interesting cover photo this month. Students have dubbed the 40-ton ornament “Nature Boy.”

Sculptor of Nature Boy, Dudley Pratt, in the November 1949 WSC Powwow

Dudley Pratt, sculptor of “Nature Boy,” puts his OK on the head of the 30-foot sandstone figure, just before the piece was hoisted into place on the side of the Ernest Holland library.

Nature Boy on Holland Library during construction. From the November 1949 WSC Powwow

Some think “Nature Boy,” the new ornamental figure on Holland library, is beautiful, others think it Phttt. A compromise between the traditional and modern, the majority find it OK.

Categories: WSU history, Campus life | Tags: Nature Boy, Statues, Buildings