Quirk continues a UIW tradition that started about 30 years ago. Before it existed in its current form and with its current name, three universities in San Antonio–UIW, Our Lady of the Lake, and St. Mary’s–collaborated on this journal and called it The Thing Itself. When the collaboration ended in 1983, Dr. Jo LeCoeur continued the journal here on campus and named it Expressions. In 1995, the journal then became Quirk, but it was “A Journal of Collegiate Inquiry and Debate” that over the years came to focus more on the creative arts and include visual arts. In celebrating especially the literary and visual creative arts, Quirk offers a counterweight to recent social and academic trends that tend to emphasize the sciences over the liberal and creative arts.