Student Life (newspaper)

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Student Life
Washington University in St. Louis
"The independent newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis since 1878"
Danforth University Center.JPG
The Danforth University Center, which houses Student Life offices
Type College newspaper
Format 21 web
Owner(s) Washington University Student Media, Inc.
Editor Noa Yadidi
Founded 1878
Headquarters 1 Brookings Drive #1039 St. Louis, MO 63130
Circulation Print: 6,000 / Web: 200,000 per month

Student Life is the independent student-run newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis. It was founded in 1878 and incorporated in 1999. It is published by the Washington University Student Media, Inc.[1] and is not subject to the approval of the University administration, thus making it the independent student voice.[2]

It is published regularly every Monday and Thursday. Other special issues include orientation and commencement issues; an April Fool's Day issue (called Student Libel); and an issue centered on sex for Valentine's Day (called StudLife).[citation needed] It has won the National Pacemaker Award three times, most recently in 2011; the Pacemaker is awarded to recognize the best college newspapers in the country.[citation needed]

It is an affiliate of UWIRE,[3] which distributes and promotes its content to their network.



News is the largest section in Student Life, appearing in each issue. This section reports on events pertaining to the Wash. U. community, St. Louis news, and national news.


Forum also appears in each issue and consists of columns written by the regular Forum editors and staff columnists. Contributions are also accepted from the University community. Forum also publishes a staff editorial written by the newspaper's Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is led by the Senior Forum Editor, and it consists of the Forum Editors, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor(s) and Senior Editors. Letters to the Editor and Editorial Cartoons are also published in Forum.


Sports appears in every issue and provides the latest scores in Bears games as well as profiles of the players. The Sports section can be followed on Twitter at @studlifesports.


Cadenza is Student Life's arts and entertainment section. Cadenza features music, movie, theatre and TV reviews, as well as commentary on both national and local entertainment news. Cadenza also profiles art events in the Wash. U. community, such as dance and a cappella performances and shows at the Gargoyle, a concert venue on the Wash. U. campus. Cadenza was previously a separate entity from Student Life, but it was incorporated into the paper in 2003. Cadenza can be followed on Twitter at @studlifecadenza.


Scene is the lifestyles section in Student Life. It runs in every issue and focuses on campus trends and the activities of students and faculty. Scene covers a broad range of topics. Scene's regular features include a romance column, restaurant reviews, a fashion column and the newly added Health Beat.


The Photo section occasionally publishes photo essays ranging in topic from engineering antics to profiles of homeless people.

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Student Life also includes a crossword puzzle and sudoku in each issue, and Police Beat and Pulse (a guide to weekend events) once a week.


  • National Pacemaker Award (2005, 2009, 2011)
  • Online Pacemaker (2011, 2013)
  • Missouri College Media Association-Best Website (2006-2009, 2013)
  • Sweepstakes (2009, 2013)



  1. ^ "About Student Life". Student Life. Retrieved 14 August 2014. Student Life, one of the nation’s oldest college newspapers, was founded in 1878 and incorporated in 1999. Published by Washington University Student Media, Inc., a Missouri non-profit corporation, Student Life publishes two days per week (Monday and Thursday) during the academic year and posts updates online throughout the day at ~. Washington University Student Media, Inc. is managed by a board of directors including prominent Student Life alumni from across the country, as well as WU students and faculty. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Schoenherr, Neil (7 February 2003). "Student Life celebrates 125 years of publishing". Newsroom archives. Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved 14 August 2014. In 1999, Student Life became independent from the University and is now published by Washington University Student Media Inc. Its board of directors includes former Student Life staff members such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Ken Cooper, The Boston Globe's national editor, and Jeff Lean, investigative editor at The Washington Post. Former Student Life staff members also include Michael Isikoff, the Newsweek correspondent who broke the Monica Lewinsky story; cartoonist Mike Peters, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and creator of "Mother Goose & Grimm"; and many other prominent journalists and leaders in other professions. 
  3. ^ "UWire Affiliates". UWire. Retrieved 14 August 2014. The UWIRE campus media network consists of the following outlets. ~. Washington U.-St. Louis — The Student Life 

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