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The October 2008 cover of The LaSallian
|Owner(s)||De La Salle University|
|Associate editor||Miguel Gayares|
|Managing editors||Josef Montinola|
|Founded||October 24, 1960|
|Headquarters||502-A Br. Connon Hall, De La Salle University
2401 Taft Ave., Malate, Manila
|Circulation||3,000 monthly regular issues
3,000 special issues
The LaSallian (TLS) is the official student publication of De La Salle University, under the Student Media Office. It is the university's English-language newspaper and official student publication, composed of the University (News), Menagerie (Features), Sports, Art & Graphics, Photo, Layout, and Web sections. It is released every first week of every month from September to August. Other publications of the university include Ang Pahayagang Plaridel, Malate Literary Folio, and Green & White.
The LaSallian was first released as the official student publication of then De La Salle College on October 24, 1960, under its first Editor in Chief, Polo Santiago Pantaleon. Its name was given by Ernido Agustin in a contest. A series of major changes started in 1992, when the spelling of the publication was officially changed to The LaSallian. Under 1994-1995 Editor in Chief (EIC) Elegio Cabasug, the Features section was renamed Menagerie, which was later introduced as a separate magazine in 2000-2001 under EIC Faith Santiago. The Spoofs (comics) section was also renamed Poptown. Finally in 2002-2003 under EIC Sarah Espina, the nameplate's font was officially changed from Old English to Times New Roman.
The LaSallian has seven sections, three of which are writing sections while the rest are technical sections. These are:
- University - The news section of the publication. It reports and analyzes university and national issues.
- Menagerie - The features section, usually featuring articles on culture inside and outside the university.
- Sports - Reports on all aspects of the university's sports activities.
- Art & Graphics - Provides art for the publication. They are also responsible for Poptown or Cartoons page of TLS.
The LaSallian: Magazine?
In February 2008, the publication started releasing their monthly issues in magazine format. In his editor's note, S.Y. 2007-2008 Editor in Chief Paulo Mutuc, the change was made to "come up with is a more harmonious marriage between form and function, between what you want to read and what we think you ought to read." After the school year, the staff members voted for the format in which they would release succeeding issues. Majority of the votes were for the magazine, however, in order for the by-laws (which states that The LaSallian is a newspaper) to be ratified, two-thirds of the staff should vote for the affirmative. Regular issues will continue to be released in the broadsheet format while some special issues may be released in the magazine format.
In SY 2007-2008, The LaSallian and Ateneo de Manila University's official newspaper, The GUIDON, started an annual student press convention called PressPlay in cooperation with the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). It features seminars in writing, editing, photography, and art. Contests are also held for the participants, composed of other student publications. The seminar is held annually on January, and is done alternately in the Ateneo and La Salle campuses.