Gauntlet (newspaper)

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The Gauntlet
Type Weekly Student Newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Gauntlet Publication Society
Publisher Gauntlet Publication Society
Editor Susan Anderson
Founded 1960
Headquarters Calgary, Alberta
Official website The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet is a campus newspaper published by the Gauntlet Publications Society in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It has a circulation of 6,000 as well as approximately 1300 monthly online hits. It is the official student newspaper of the University of Calgary. It publishes most Thursdays throughout the year.

Regular sections[edit]

  • News: Time-sensitive coverage of student-related issues and events.
  • Opinions: Editorial-type columns and letters.
  • Entertainment: Artist interviews and reviews of theatre productions, books, films and music.
  • Sports: Coverage of the University of Calgary's sports teams, the Dinos.
  • Comics
  • Features: In-depth articles on various, focused topics.
  • Academic Probation (AP): Humour section.
  • Three Lines Free (TLFs) (currently on hiatus): A combination of classified section and a public graffiti board, TLFs invite the greater student community to comment in three lines or less.
  • Escapes & Pursuits (E&P) (currently on hiatus): Events listing.


  • 1960: The Gauntlet is founded by Maurice Yacowar, replacing the existing CalVar one-sheet, publishing its first issue on September 28, 1960. Despite Yacowar wanting to name the paper himself, the Students' Union insisted it be up to students and proposed a contest. All entries in the contest were submitted by Yacowar, who ended up naming the paper "The Gauntlet" anyway.[1]
  • 1961: Yacowar removed as editor by Students' Union in February over a story in the literary supplement containing the line, "He came into her, and it was good." In April, new Gauntlet editor Alan Arthur starts the U of C's Bermuda Shorts Day tradition after writing "Wear shorts tomorrow" on a chalkboard. (This event, now coordinated by the Students' Union, now consists of an outdoor party on the last day of lectures each April with live music and beer gardens, and is still an annual tradition over 50 years later.)
  • 1962: John Macfarlane, now Editor and C-publisher of The Walrus succeeds Alan Arthur as editor.
  • 1969 & 1974: During both these years, the Gauntlet is shut down by the Students' Union over editorial content issues and replaced with a substitute paper, the Medium. Both times, there was significant overlap between the staff of both publications and subsequently the Medium was replaced by the Gauntlet by the beginning of the next school years.
  • 1978: The Gauntlet achieves autonomy from the Students' Union.
  • 2004: The Gauntlet comes under fire for publishing a nude photo as part of Sexual Awareness Week coverage.

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