Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Flashback to college journalism

While Googling around, I discovered that the Barnard Bulletin (student newspaper) has been digitally archived. http://www.barnard.edu/archives/bulletin.html
This is a fun toy. There are five reviews of Joan Molinsky's student theater performances in 1953. She's now Joan Rivers. Martha Kostyra was involved in student government in 1962. Yup, Martha Stewart. Judy Miller (the recently jailed NYT reporter) was involved in a student strike in 1969.

Of course, I searched myself and discovered something I had completely forgotten about: in 1972, I ran for the Committee on Instruction. I even wrote a lengthy campaign statement. I didn't win. Or at least I think so. I definitely have no memory of serving on this committee!

My other mention was an announcement of the first spring supplement of the Course Guide, of which I was co-editor-in-chief. As for the other co-editor: Will was coming back from Indianapolis recently and got to talking with the flight attendant. It turns out her husband was my co-editor. I E-mailed him but have not heard back.

I also checked the Columbia Daily Spectator, but I don't think their online archive goes back to my era. In any case, I don't necessarily need an archive since I saved every physical issue the entire time I was in college. They are somewhere around here, and must be yellow and crumbling. I typed for the paper, which involved working in the middle of the night on a Compugraphic machine that punched holes in a tape that was then processed to produce the pages.

The scariest issue of the Spec came out one spring day my freshman year. The headline blared that Columbia College was going to admit women on its own. I was devastated and panicked. How could they do such a thing? What would happen to Barnard? I would have to transfer. Then I noticed the rest of the issue was a little odd. There were also plans for massive, really noisy construction on South Field. And other things that were not completely plausible. The date: April 1. It was the April Fool issue. Whew!

After I was long gone, Columbia College did decide to admit women. Amazingly, Barnard survived, thrived and got more selective than before.

The Course Guide, however, is gone, replaced in 1997 by an online course evaluation system.

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