Daily Campus History – The Origins of Yukon Student Newspaper


Photo courtesy of the Daily Campus.

Welcome to my column for the semester! Inspired by my new work in Yukon archives and special collections, I decided to create weekly illustrations on the 125-year history of the campus. It is remarkable that this university has had a relatively long history of publication, and it is interesting to see evolution. Stursers, who started out as a regular at the College of Agriculture, started as a monthly magazine and eventually came up with a five-day program that allows us to put “daily” in our name.

Today we’re going to turn the clock back – at least when it comes to Yukon student newspaper terms – and zero in on the SAC Lookout mentioned above. Founded on May 11, 1896, Lookout already had some features of the modern daily campus. The eight-member editorial board, which serves as today’s editorial board and board of directors.

The front page of this paper shows how much information about the school has changed over the years. A complete list of teachers will be displayed under the editorial board, with 12 people from Minskell invited. For context, the Yukon Information Sheet School stated that in 2019 it has built 1,540 faculties. Other than that, the school had only six clubs and organizations – the Case Club, YMCA, Student Organization, Council, Athletics Association and Tennis Club.

Some of those organizations have moved to other parts of Yukon, such as the Athletics Association Athletics Department and the Student Organization, which eventually merged with the modern USG, but Club Tennis is the only team in the team.

One of the most immediate differences between Lookout and the paper from today is the part of the poem on the front page. Volume of editions. Student Poetry featured in Lookout 1 before the editors’ section.

The May 1896 issue of Our Lady’s Principal Margaret Kenwell was a thrilling reading. The article was titled “Patriots and Patriots,” and it was written only three decades after the 13th Amendment was approved. However, there are some ideas that need to be improved for the time being, such as the outdated language (referring to Queen Elizabeth 1 as “great man”). One passage portrays the leader of the Haitian revolution, Townsent Loverter, as more patriotic than Napoleon, Cromwell, or George Washington. “This man endangered his empire rather than allowing the slave trade,” says Kenwell, about El Overturcher.

Another hero mentioned by Kenwell is General Samuel Armstrong, who worked at the Black and Native School at the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). Kenwell became the first music teacher at the university and made her the first icon in the university. Reading about her made me wonder why she is not respected here today.

One last thing to highlight from the first volume of Lookout is an editor called “Student Life at SAC”, examining the student’s schedule. Some aspects of the schedule often seem unchanged, students have to get up early for breakfast, but then things change dramatically. Because Stores was an agricultural college business school, instead of going to class for 8 hours, students “reported to work at the designated place,” which was in the gardening department or farm. Classes are similar to the students’ afternoon at 1 to 4 p.m., but after the classes are completed, there are compulsory three-night military exercises, followed by compulsory prayer. Along with the obligatory chapel, students must also go to church on Sundays.

It is clear that much has changed since the first editors decided to create a Lookout and went to show the importance of accessing a campus newspaper at any time in history. Since some students then decided to create those documents, more information about our past is now available. At this time, for my fellow campus writers, we should think that every time we write an article, take a photograph or work on paper, we are creating a great source of learning for our Yukon successors from generation to generation. Come on, and that’s something he’s very proud of.

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