The Houstonian celebrates 100 years in print with party
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 00:12
One hundred years old has never looked so promising as The Houstonian celebrated its first centennial anniversary with an open house event Tuesday.
The independent student newspaper, which printed its first issue Dec. 3, 1913, invited current and past staff, faulty and Sam Houston State University alumni to join in on activities that included refreshments and tours of the building and newsroom.
Jean Bodon, department chair of Mass Communication, said The Houstonian is important to the school.
“The newspaper is basically the voice of the students,” Bodon said. “The department is very proud that we can help The Houstonian as much as we can to give objective information to students.”
According to Today@Sam, more than 1,000 students have been involved in some way with making The Houstonian what it is today.
Stephen Green, Editor-in-Chief of The Houstonian, is grateful for his position.
“I’m lucky. It could have been anyone,” Green said. “It’s an honor to be a part of this celebration and thankful to be a part of this staff.”
The Houstonian staff worked with the Newton Gresham Library to retrieve copies of the paper that dated back to the end of World War I, which guests were able to view. Guests were able to see front-page copies with coverage of Old Main burning down in 1982, 9/11, and the campus’ reaction to US forces killing Osama bin Laden.
Chris Young, a sophomore mass communication major, said the newspaper is important in his daily life.
“If I ever feel like I want to get more involved on campus, that’s the first place I go to look,” Young said. “It keeps me connected to the school I love so much.”
Alumni in attendance included Meagan Ellsworth (Editor 2010-2011), Blair Fannin (Sports Reporter 1991), Brent Zwerneman (Editor 1992-1994), Mary Ellen Walker Thornton (Feature Editor 1962-1963), Clyde Murrray (Sports Editor 1947-1950), Jamie Giqlio (Advertisement Executive 2013), Matt Frazier (Web Developer 2011-2013) and Bambi Irby Kiser (Editor 1981).
Robin Johnson, current faculty advisor of the Houstonian, said the highlight of the event for him was watching the alumni interact with current staff members.
“You can tell that both alumni and the staff had a sense of pride in their contributions. I was happy to see the staff talk about how they were laying the foundation for the next hundred years.”