Pipe Dream (newspaper)

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Pipe Dream Summer 2010 cover.jpg
The Summer 2010 front page of Pipe Dream
Type Newspaper
bi-weekly, Tues. & Fri.
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Pipe Dream Student Group
Founded 1946
Headquarters Vestal, New York, U.S.
Circulation 7,000 on and off campus
Website bupipedream.com

Pipe Dream is the twice-weekly student newspaper of Binghamton University (State University of New York at Binghamton) in Vestal, N.Y. Printed as a tabloid until Spring 2012, Pipe Dream now prints as a broadsheet paper with full color front and back pages.

Pipe Dream is one of the few student newspapers in the country that is and always has been entirely student-run, without the supervision or assistance of an advisor. Though there is no journalism school at Binghamton University, Pipe Dream was named in 2010 as one of the nation's top college newspapers by the Princeton Review.[1]

History: The Free Word on Campus[edit]

Pipe Dream was first published in the form of "The Colonial News" on November 22, 1946, the same year as the founding of Triple Cities Colleges, the forebear of Binghamton University. The Colonial News' first editors wrote:

The paper's name was changed to Pipe Dream in 1970 in protest of the Vietnam War.


The newspaper is distributed at Binghamton University's main campus in Vestal, N.Y., and at several spots in the Downtown Binghamton area, including the newly built University Downtown Center. All copies are distributed openly and are free to the public.


Pipe Dream regularly prints the following sections:

  • News: Updates on the latest in campus, local and national news from student journalists. Notably includes Police Watch which details incidents of alleged illegal escapades on campus as filed by campus police.
  • Arts & Culture: Arts and entertainment section which looks at happenings on campus and popular culture at large.
  • Opinion: Oriented towards campus affairs, national and global politics, as well as broader issues of campus life and humor.
  • Weekend Warriors: Full color two-page photographic spread in the center of the paper which displays on and off-campus student events and activities.
  • Fun Page: General comic and humor section including original comics by Binghamton students, alumnai, and syndicated artists, as well as sudoku and crossword puzzles.
  • Sports: Game coverage and opinion stories on the Division I Binghamton Bearcats. Professional and national sports issues are also covered. As is typical of tabloid formats, the back page is dedicated to the sports section.

Pipe Dream also publishes special issues for finals week, summer orientation, the annual Spring Fling celebration, and the NCAA America East Men's Basketball Tournament, among others.

Pipe Dream Online[edit]

Pipe Dream relaunched its website www.bupipedream.com in the spring of 2012 with improved content and layout.


Alumni editors and correspondents of Pipe Dream have worked for and are currently working for some of the nation's top media outlets, including the four major New York papers: The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News and Newsday.

Tony Kornheiser, '70, now a famous ESPN personality, was once The Colonial News' sports editor.[2]
Chris Giarrusso, '97, illustrator of Marvel Comics' Mini Marvels series is a former Fun Page Editor.[3]

Kerry Kantin, Editor 1997-1999, went on to become a Vice President at S&P Global Markets.


Associated Collegiate Press Associated Collegiate Press Design of the Year - 3rd place for Newspaper Page/Spread[4]

Associated Collegiate Press Associated Collegiate Press Design of the Year - 2nd place for Newspaper Page/Spread[5]

Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention - 4th Place for Four-Year Weekly Broadsheet[6]

Princeton Review Best College Newspapers - ranked No. 20 in the nation[7]

Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention - 4th Place for Four-Year Weekly Tabloid[8]
Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention - 4th Place for Four-Year Weekly Tabloid[9]
Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention - Honorable Mention for Four-Year Weekly Tabloid[10]

Binghamton University XCELSIOR Award - Media Organization of the Year[11]

Fred Handte Memorial Award[edit]

Established in 1988 in memory of Fred Handte, 1987 editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Pipe Dream. This award is given to a junior or senior involved with Pipe Dream.[12]


In 2005, Pipe Bomb, Pipe Dream's annual April Fool's edition, ran a joke story about a fictitious campus van service that parodied "Safe Ride," a free late-night shuttle on campus. Activists stole most of the issues soon after the papers hit newsstands and demanded that the Binghamton University administration either force Pipe Dream's editors to undergo sensitivity training or revoke the group's Student Association-chartered status. (Without S.A.-chartered status, Pipe Dream would have no longer been an officially sanctioned student group, possibly leading to it being evicted from its campus office space and having to pay its own media insurance premiums.) In the end, no action was taken.


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