The Arizona Desert Lamp

About the Blog

The title derives from the 1960 book The Lamp in the Desert, the definitive work on the early history of the University of Arizona by Douglas D. Martin. It’s an evocative image of the University of Arizona, a bright spot of learning in the desolate Sonoran desert.

In adapting this name, the site casts itself as the “bright spot of learning” when it comes to covering the UA — even if we are just two guys with a blog and a possibly unhealthy interest in campus policy. We might not be a Lamp worthy of Aladdin, but at the very least we’re a Zippo lighter — and when you’re working in the dark, it’s just as good.

The Authors:

Evan Lisull is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, majoring in political science and economics. He was previously a columnist at the Arizona Daily Wildcat; his archived columns can be viewed here. He can be reached at emlisull “at” gmail “dot” com.

Connor Mendenhall is an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, where he studies economics and international political economy. He was the op-ed editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat from Fall 2007 to Spring 2008, and his former columns can be viewed here. Currently, he is studying abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; but, thanks to the power of the Internet, he is able to keep up to speed on UA-related events.


The image used for this blog comes from More Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights, copyright 1893, edited by E. Dixon and illustrated by J.D. Batten. The full illustrated text can be viewed here.

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  1. Dr. Romzick said, on 12 November 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Help me out here…I cast my vote for your scholarship effort and also came across your blog(?) The Desert Lamp? What is the current rally and discussion about…just curious. Also, you were a (former) member of the editiorial staff…..why former?
    Dr. Carolyn L. Romzick
    Friend of Mom and Dad

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