maija flamingo

Maija inveiss hugging a flamingo

A plastic pink flamingo on the cover. How have we not thought of this sooner?

If you don’t get how very “Madison” this is, you must be new here. Back in September 1979, students Leon Varjian and James Mallon of the university’s student government, Pail and Shovel Party, covered Bascom Hill with 1,008 of the kitschy lawn ornaments as a campus prank. It has since turned into a yearly tradition to cover Bascom with plastic pink flamingos as a fundraiser. And it’s now Madison’s official city bird.