October 21, 2022
The University’s student newspaper will celebrate 100 years of publication on October 27, making it one of the oldest independent campus newspapers in the country. The University Archives erected an anniversary exhibit at the Mullen Library showcasing highlights of the newspaper’s rich history spanning campus life, culture and events from a student perspective.
Tower was first published on October 27, 1922, and was named after the newspaper’s location at the time in Father O’Connell Hall tower.
The exhibit is titled “The Tower: Its First Century” and features a small display of archival printouts and memorabilia from significant events in the University’s history that were covered by student journalists. From papal visits to campus responses to the September 11 attacks to the opening of the Brookland-Catholic University subway station, the exhibit demonstrates the value of a student perspective on major events in the Cardinal community.
“The exhibit is wonderfully done and really shows how the history of the tower is connected to the history of the university. Honestly, I got a little emotional because I really like working for The Tower, and that is amazing to see physical reminders that there’s been a very long line of people who love him too,” said Jacqueline Jedrych, a major in global politics and news editor of the student newspaper.
Noteworthy memorabilia includes student government pins from the 1980s and a beanie given to freshmen at orientation 1958. The Archives website also has a digital version of the exhibition. Each artifact has been preserved to recall the history of the campus, each relating to different aspects of student life.
Over the years, the newspaper itself has changed significantly to reflect its times. It went through 129 publishers and moved from print to virtual publication in 2015. Jedrych said she hopes to expand The Tower’s reach to the student community by boosting their “social media and photography presence”. .
Jedrych hopes to carry on the Tower’s legacy as a symbol of the cardinal community and an expression of life on the university campus.
“I look up to former editorial board members, and now it’s me!” said Jedrych. “This exhibit is truly a testament to the impact journalism has had on our community and I hope we see another 100 years of The Tower!”
Maisy Sullivan, Senior, Communications Intern