The Gargoyle (newspaper)

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The Gargoyle
University College, University of Toronto
Type bi-weekly College newspaper
Founded 1954, 1977
Headquarters Toronto

The Gargoyle is the student newspaper of University College at the University of Toronto. It was named after the gargoyle statue in the college building. Students rub this for good luck before tests.[citation needed]

The Gargoyle was established in 1954 as the first regularly appearing student newspaper at University College. Except for a hiatus between 1973 and 1977 it has published continuously since 1954.

The Gargoyle is staffed by an editorial collective of undergraduate students, as well as a group of staff and regular contributors.

The Gargoyle has taken many formats over the years. Formerly self-described as a "Knee Jerk, Left Wing, Reactionary Rag," it currently calls itself a "fortnightly rag" and contains University College news, political opinion, satire, music and show reviews, and original cartoons. The Gargoyle accepts contributions from all University of Toronto students, although the majority of contributors are from University College.

The Gargoyle was notable for its somewhat archaic production style. As opposed to most contemporary publications (whose production is almost entirely digital), until 2008, The Gargoyle was laid out completely by hand, forsaking "desktop publishing" applications for scissors and glue. Issues were assembled on cardboard "flats", which were then physically transported to the printer. Since 2008, with the inability of the printer to continue to produce issues from flats, the Gargoyle has shifted to a hybrid production style, in which most pages are still laid out by hand on paper but are then scanned and sometimes digitally modified. This shift of process has allowed for the possibility of online publication and resulted in the creation of the Gargoyle website in 2010.

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