Concordiensis

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Concordiensis
School Union College
Slogan "The Student Newspaper of Union College since 1877"
Nickname(s) Concordy

Type College newspaper
Editor(s) Emily Brower and Gabriella Levine
Location Schenectady, New York
Founded 1877
Mock edition(s) Discordiensis
Owner The Students of Union College
Frequency Weekly (Thursdays)
Price Free
Circulation 1,000
Format Tabloid
Printer The Daily Gazette
Mailing address Box #2577, Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308

Website: http://www.concordy.com
Reamer Campus Center, which houses the office of the Concordiensis

Concordiensis is the student-run newspaper of Union College in Schenectady, New York, United States. It was founded in November 1877 and is the thirteenth oldest student newspaper in the United States and is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the city of Schenectady. The newspaper's title, meaning "of or pertaining to union," was most likely suggested by Frederic F. Chisholm '79 and has been in use since 1890. [1] Since then, it has been informally called "the Concordy."

Founding history[edit]

The Concordiensis is the third student publication in Union College History. It was preceded by the College Spectator (1872–75) and the Union College Magazine (a literary magazine in 1875). The newspaper's first editor, Edward Payson White '79, resigned before the publication of its first issue.

Production history[edit]

Over its long history, the Concordy has gone through numerous changes in format and frequency of publication.

Format: 8 inches by 11 inches

  • 1877-1889: Monthly
  • 1890-1896: Bi-weekly
  • Centennial Commencement Week, 1895: Daily
  • 1896-1916: Weekly

Format: 4-column tabloid

  • 1916-1918: Three times a week
  • Sep. 1918- Jan. 1919: None, World War I
  • 1919-1927: Two times a week

Format: 6-columns wide, 17-inches high

  • 1927-1928: Two times a week

Format: 5-columns wide, 15-inches high

  • 1928-Feb 1942: Two times a week

Reduced Format

  • 1943-End of WWII: Weekly
  • Summer 1943, World War II Summer Session

Format: 4-pages

  • Post-WWII: Weekly

Format: 6-8 pages, horizontal make-up

  • 1948-1968: Weekly

Format: 16 pages, tabloid

  • 2009-2011: Weekly

Format: 20 pages, tabloid

  • 2011-present: Weekly

National exposure[edit]

John Sweeney, 2006[edit]

The Concordiensis garnered national attention in April 2006 when it ran a front page story on former Republican Congressman (NY) John Sweeney's late-night appearance at a fraternity party on campus. The Concordy based its report on eyewitness testimonies from students. The students claimed Sweeney had acted openly intoxicated and behaved inappropriately, making hostile remarks towards one female about her political affiliations. Cell phone photographs also surfaced after the incident and were included in the Concordy's coverage.

Co-editors-in-chief Matt Smith and Alla Abramov made the decision to run the story based on a lack of denial from Sweeney's camp. With the help of former editor-in-chief Joanna Stern, Smith and Abramov faxed copies to local Albany newspapers. That weekend, the story was picked up by major newswires and ran across the country.

The New York Times gave the story full coverage and ran the cell phone photos that had appeared in the Concordiensis. [2]

Delta Delta Delta, 2011[edit]

In October 2011, the Concordiensis ran several pieces concerning a campus investigation into a Delta Delta Delta sorority party. Copies of one issue were stolen en masse from distribution boxes and thrown in the trash. [3] [4] The story was picked up by the Student Press Law Center and by College Media Matters, organizations that track national college press issues. [5]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  1. Somers, Wayne, ed (2003). Encyclopedia of Union College History. Schenectady, New York: Union College. ISBN 0-912756-31-4.

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