The Battalion

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The Battalion
Thebattalion.jpg
Type Student newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Texas A&M University
Publisher Texas A&M University Student Media
Founded 1893
Headquarters College Station, Texas, USA
Official website thebatt.com

The Battalion (often referred to simply as The Batt) is the student newspaper of Texas A&M University. Started in 1893 as a monthly publication, it continues to this day, now as a daily paper. The first paper at Texas A&M University was the Texas Collegian published in 1878. It was later named the College Journal from 1889 to 1893 and then The Battalion.

Honors[edit]

Princeton Review named The Battalion as the twentieth best college newspaper in the nation in its 2008 edition of The Best 361 Colleges.[1] Along with four other university newspapers, The Battalion received honorable mention in the 2004 National College Newspaper Convention held by the Associated Collegiate Press.[2] The paper was named the winner of the 2008 National Pacemaker Award. It was also a Pacemaker finalist in the 1996-97 and 1995-96 scholastic years, and won the Southwest Regional Pacemaker for the 1991-92 school year.[3][4]

Distribution[edit]

The Battalion is published on weekdays during the fall and spring semesters, and Monday through Thursday during the summer sessions. The paper version is distributed throughout the Texas A&M campus to interested students, faculty, and staff. Many College Station places, such as restaurants and apartments, receive copies to distribute to their customers.

History[edit]

The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now known as Texas A&M University), had two literary societies, the Callipean and the Austin. The societies collaboratively published a literary magazine, College Journal from 1889 until 1893. The College Journal appeared monthly, describing the activities of the college and its students in "the flowery prose of the time."[5] College Journal ceased publication in 1893 when the two societies collaborated on a newspaper, called The Battalion. This new publication used a more journalistic style as it covered campus events, and even included photographs.[5] The paper later had weekly distribution, and then began publishing daily. For years, the masthead included the words Lawrence Sullivan Ross - Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman.[6]

Singer-songwriter and actor Lyle Lovett wrote for The Battalion as a journalism student.[7]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Princeton Review 2008 Best Colleges Rankings Princeton Review. Accessed August 22, 2006.
  2. ^ "National College Newspaper Convention". Associated Collegiate Press. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  3. ^ Zdenek, Meredith (2008-11-03). "The Battalion staff honored with award". The Battalion. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  4. ^ "2008 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Winners". National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  5. ^ a b Benner, Judith Ann (1983). Sul Ross, Soldier, Statesman, Educator. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. p. 225. 
  6. ^ Benner (1983), p. 226.
  7. ^ "Lyle Lovett & His Large Band". 

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