Extra Extra, Read All About It! : A History of News sources at MSU

13 01 2012


The MSU Archives & Historical Collections has now entered into the Twitter world! Be sure to follow us for news, fun facts, and random MSU history! – www.twitter.com/msuarchives

Twitter has now become a primary source for news and a huge way of communicating with other; however, we’ve come a long way to get to where we are now. When I was typing out @MSUArchives’ first tweets, I naturally began to wonder about the way that news has been transmitted over the years at MSU.

It all started with The Bubble. The Bubble was the first-known student publication on the Michigan State campus. Published by Frank S. Burton, who identified himself in the publication as “Hezekiah Z. Solemnstyle”, The Bubble was intended to offer a humorous view of campus life. It contained short articles, poems, and notices of events around campus. A total of seven issues of The Bubble were created. After Burton’s graduation in 1868, the newspaper unfortunately ceased publication. It would be thirteen more years before another publication would serve up news for the Michigan State community.

[For more information on The Bubble or to read some of the articles…visit http://onthebanks.msu.edu/Exhibit/1-6-6/the-bubble/ ]

The College Speculum started in 1881 at Michigan Agricultural College. This student publication was first released quarterly and was a literary and scientific magazine. Liberty Hyde Bailey was the first editor-in-chief. Eventually, the publication increased to a monthly magazine and the name became Speculum Publication. In 1895, the magazine ceased publication and The Holcad became its successor.

Before The Holcad was published, The M.A.C. Record was the primary news source on campus. The M.A.C. Record was created in 1896 from a suggestion by a committee of faculty who were charged with looking at ways to improve Michigan Agricultural College. The committee consisted of Howard Edwards, Clinton D. Smith, and Frank S. Kedzie. The Edwards committee suggested a weekly college paper to aid in interpreting the institution to its constituency. Edwards became the first editor and the first issue of the M.A.C. Record appeared on January 4, 1896.

Though students were early members of the editorial board and could contribute to The M.A.C. Record, the faculty maintained editorial oversight of the paper, which meant the paper usually portrayed the faculty point of view. By 1909 students wanted their own voice and began their own newspaper, The Holcad. This paper would eventually become The State News.

[For more information on M.A.C. Record or to read some of the articles…visit http://onthebanks.msu.edu/Object/1-4-420/the-mac-record–home-page/ ]

The Holcad began in 1909 and was a completely student run publication that stemmed from the faculty run M.A.C. Record. The newspaper was seen as a way for students to voice their opinions and represent the student body of Michigan State. In 1925, the newspaper changed its name to the Michigan State News, and eventually the State News.

The M.A.C. Record continued to exist and eventually became the MSU Alumni Magazine, a publication that is still in print today. From the beginning of the M.A.C. Record, alumni were allowed to submit updates of their whereabouts and articles for publication. When the alumni association reorganized in 1913 as the M.A.C. Association and opened its membership to all former students of the college, the faculty transferred control of the M.A.C. Record to them, to be edited by the association’s secretary.  This eventually would transform into the MSU Alumni Magazine.

From The Bubble to The Holcad, and from the M.A.C. Record to The State News, the Michigan State community has seen various ways that information has been transmitted over the years. However, these examples are just a few out of the hundreds of publications that are a part of MSU. Where these newspapers were only published four times a year, we are now able to get our news instantly through venues like twitter.

…so in conclusion…

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