This week in the Daily archives

Blurbs from the Daily’s history: 10 years ago, 50 years ago & 100 years ago


“Sexual assaults during the past year have crept from the shadowy corners of campus into the eight University dorms, which, this year, house about 4,500 students. …. Many attribute the dramatic rise of dorm sexual assaults this year to better reporting and education, but no one has been able to fully explain the record numbers.”

(Oct. 20, 1993)

“Newspapers are on the brink of a technological revolution, says the chief executive officer and president of The Associated Press. …. Cellular phones and satellite systems no larger than backpacks are changing the way reporters do their jobs, he said.”

(Oct. 20, 1993)

“A fight resulting in one arrest broke out Friday night during an anti-racism rally outside Coffman Memorial Union. Two police officers were treated at the University Hospital and released after they were sprayed with Mace during the confrontation.”

(Oct. 25, 1993)


“For the first time in nearly ten years the (Minnesota Technolog) has no humor, parodies, cartoons-not even a single joke. Last February the magazine was censored for printing ‘objectionable’ material. In May it was barred completely from printing humor.”

(Oct. 20, 1953)

“One American out of every ten is a Negro, but only one college student in 100 belongs to that race. The dimes and dollars University students give to Campus Chest will help equal the ratio. …. A reverse experiment in racial relations recently was begun by (the National Scholarship Service and Fund)-they are placing white students in colleges which previously allowed only Negroes within their walls.”

(Oct. 21, 1953)

“Shotguns and rifles will be displayed and demonstrated … 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Union men’s lounge. Students may bring their own guns for demonstration or ask questions about them. Door prizes of shotgun shells, rifle shells, a gun case and a game carrier will be given.”

(Oct. 21, 1953)

“A two-hour television show tonight, the first in the nation entirely acted and produced by college students, will preview the opening of the University Campus Chest drive next week.”

(Oct. 23, 1953)

“Whistle blowing, the biggest deterrent to spectator enjoyment of basketball, will be lessened this season, thanks to a new rule clarification of personal contact penalties. …. The new rule interpretation allows officials to use their judgment. Personal contact, which has no effect on opponents’ play, is no longer considered a foul.”

(Oct. 23, 1953)

“Congratulations to Alpha Xi Delta, academic sorority, for eliminating its discrimination clause from the national charter. …. It may be some time before these groups begin initiating people who once were barred from becoming members. But at least the legal basis for bias is gone, and within a few years the barriers should be completely broken.”

(Oct. 27, 1953)


“I should like … to see (the Daily) made an official organ and have the Regents pay the management enough so that they could supply every member of the University with a copy, free, and in this way dispense with the reading of notices in chapel. In regard to headlines, I believe that the writing of headlines is an art and the Daily editors are certainly artists.”

– Prof. W. W. Folwell (Oct. 22, 1903)

“About the professed separation of academics and engineers, which is the present problem of political interest, opinions were yesterday expressed by several of the faculty in favor of separation. Registrar Johnson stated that the two departments are entirely separated in classes except in the department of chemistry and physics: their interests are separate and they are officially as distinct colleges as the law and medic departments.”

(Oct. 23, 1903)

“The girls’ rooter caps are a success! …. The expense of the caps has been reduced to a minimum by their being made by the girls themselves, instead of giving an order to a firm.”

(Oct. 23, 1903)

“Ten reporters were elected Wednesday by the Board of Directors, and they will constitute the official staff of this paper for six weeks. At the end of that time any one not on the regular list, but who has done better work than those elected Wednesday will be chosen. Room will be made for him by dropping some one of the regulars. …. The decision of the board to pay the editors ought to be a still greater incentive for hard work, as no one will ever be elected an editor who has not done good work as a


(Oct. 23, 1903)