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The Technique
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Technique 12-01-2006.jpg
The December 1, 2006, front page of
the Technique
TypeWeekly student newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Georgia Institute of Technology
PublisherGeorgia Tech Student Publications
EditorSamira Bandaru
Founded1911
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia, US
Circulation10,000 (spring and fall)[1]
6,000 (summer)[1]
Websitenique.net

The Technique, also known as the "'Nique", is the official student newspaper of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and has referred to itself as "the South's liveliest college newspaper" since 1945.[2] As of the fall semester of 2011, the Technique has a weekly circulation of 10,000,[1] distributed to numerous locations on the Georgia Tech campus and a handful of locations in the surrounding area. The first issue of the Technique was published on November 17, 1911, and the paper has printed continuously since its founding.[3] The paper publishes weekly throughout the regular school year and primarily covers news, events and issues specific to the Georgia Tech community. In 2004 it was one of 25 collegiate newspapers to receive the Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press.[4]

History[edit]

The front page of the first issue of The Technique

A publication known as The Georgia Tech was the Georgia Institute of Technology's (also known as Georgia Tech) first student newspaper. It was established in 1894 and was the second student publication to be established on campus. The Georgia Tech published a "Commencement Issue" that reviewed sporting events and gave information about each class.[5][6] The "Commencement Issue" was likely similar to the Technique's Freshman Issue. The Technique was founded in 1911; its first issue was published on November 17, 1911[7][8] by editors Albert Blohm and E. A. Turner,[7][9] and the content revolved around the upcoming rivalry football game against the University of Georgia. The first issue also featured an article by legendary football coach John Heisman.[7]

The Technique has been published weekly ever since, except for a brief period that the paper was published twice weekly.[3] This period ran from January 14, 1948, to September 6, 1956. The Georgia Tech and the Technique operated separately for several years following the Technique's establishment, though the two publications eventually merged in 1916.[9] Several sources claim that the Technique is among a number of student organizations to be founded by the ANAK Society.[9][10]

Present-day publication[edit]

The Technique is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, with the exceptions of "dead week", finals week, and spring break and is published biweekly during the summer semester. As of the 2005–2006 publication year, the paper has also taken a hiatus the week prior to spring break. General staff meetings are held on Tuesdays, when the majority of story assignments are made to a mostly volunteer writing staff.[11] Deadline is on Wednesday nights during weeks when the paper is published,[12] and the copy is sent to the printer on Thursday morning.[citation needed] The paper is then distributed around the campus on the Friday of that week.[citation needed] The Technique's office is located in the northwest corner of the Student Services Building.[12]

The paper is operated by a staff of approximately 50 paid and unpaid students, as well as two permanent, paid, non-student staff members. As Georgia Tech has no journalism school, the Technique welcomes all students within the institute to contribute to its content. The Technique is funded primarily by advertisements, and to a lesser extent by Tech's Student Government Association.[13]

The Technique is generally between 16 and 40 pages long, the length of an issue being dependent upon the number of advertisements purchased for a given week. The paper is organized into five sections: News (includes Georgia Tech-specific crime reports[14] and news), Life (previously Focus; includes human interest stories), Entertainment (includes reviews of music, movies, performance arts, and video games, cartoons, a crossword puzzle, and sudoku puzzles), Opinions (includes editorials, an editorial cartoon, op-eds, and letters to the editor), and Sports (includes summaries of recent Georgia Tech sports games and sports features).

Special editions[edit]

To Hell With Georgia[edit]

The most well-known of the special issues the Technique publishes is a satire of the University of Georgia's (UGA) student newspaper (The Red and Black).[15] The tradition of this parody dates back to the very first issue of the Technique, which was published with the intent of taunting Georgia Tech's rival school, and has its roots in the embittered rivalry between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. It is published just before the two schools compete in football and is one of the last issues of the fall semester. The parody is known as "To Hell With Georgia", after the school's popular cheer.[15][16] On years where the schools play their football match at UGA's Sanford Stadium, Technique staff distribute the issue across UGA's campus.[15] In 2009, the THWGA issue was printed with an incorrect year in the masthead, though the date was corrected in the version posted online.

Freshman Issue[edit]

The Freshman Issue is another special edition of the Technique. It is the first issue published each academic year and is by far the longest issue, with each of the sections about as long as a normal issue. The content usually centers on the themes of welcoming freshmen and welcoming returning students back to Tech. The Freshman Issue also contains a special section dedicated to helping freshmen become more acquainted with Tech and its customs.[17] It is generally the only issue in which content from previous issues is reprinted.

Other special editions[edit]

Other special editions include the Homecoming issue, the April Fool's issue (historically known as the Techlique, which includes a section of fake news parodying Tech in a similar style to the "To Hell With Georgia" issue) and the "Best of Tech" issue, which is the final issue of the spring semester.[18]

Recurring features[edit]

Two Bits[edit]

The Technique featured an anonymous humor column called "Two Bits", which is authored by the mysterious Two Bits Man, a sarcastic, everyday virtuoso who concerns himself with Tech- and university-specific subjects.[19] His articles range from relentless sickly sniffles to school-wide subjects of controversy or interest. Popular targets for his scorn include Georgia Tech's Parking department and School of Physics, whereas he consistently praises the President Emeritus G. Wayne Clough, who he refers to as "Funk Masta G. Wayne".[20][21] The Two Bits column had been discontinued in 2010, but was brought back in 2012, to again be discontinued in 2013.[22]

Sliver Box[edit]

One of the Technique's most popular features is the Sliver Box, an analogue of the Vent feature of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which allows readers to submit any comment they wish.[23] Comments are submitted on the Technique's website and as many Slivers that will fit appear in the week's paper, usually in order of submission. Slivers are subject to minimal censorship,[23] with only full names of non-public figures, personal information, and strong profanities typically removed or altered.[citation needed] Other entries are occasionally removed or truncated, usually in cases of spamming of the Sliver submission system. According to the paper, the Box is used to fill empty room left between advertisements[23] in order to maintain a modular layout style.[citation needed] It is not uncommon for students to have conversations using the Sliver Box.[citation needed] Slivers were originally comments made by editorial board members during deadline night and were placed in narrow boxes ("Slivers") at the bottom of each page.[23] Comments made on deadline night and opinions of editorial board members still occasionally find their way into the Sliver Box.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

The only recent controversies related to the Technique[citation needed] have occurred when they have accepted or rejected advertisements deemed to be controversial or inappropriate.[24][25][26] Their advertising policy states,[1]

The Technique reserves the right to accept or reject any ad. We do not accept right-hand full-page ads. Per requirement by the State of Georgia, we also do not accept ads for alcohol, gambling, tobacco, egg donation or adoption. The Technique does not accept TAPAN.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Technique Advertising Supplement" (PDF). Technique. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 14, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Paine, Buddy (May 19, 1945). 1911 Birth of South's Liveliest College Weekly. The Technique. 26. Georgia School of Technology. pp. 1–2. hdl:1853/26145. OCLC 7644360. (It was "South's Liveliest College Weekly" from 1945 to 1948. When twice weekly publication began "Weekly" was changed to "Newspaper".)
  3. ^ a b Shaw, Jody (August 23, 2002). "What is the Technique?". The Technique. Georgia Tech Student Publications. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  4. ^ "2004 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Winners". Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  5. ^ McMath, Robert C.; Bayor, Ronald H.; Brittain, James E.; Foster, Lawrence; Giebelhaus, August W.; Reed, Germaine M. (1985). Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885–1985. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. p. 129.
  6. ^ "The Georgia Tech Editorial Staff". Georgia Tech Archives Finding Aids. Georgia Tech Library. Retrieved March 16, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "The Technique" (PDF). November 17, 1911. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 20, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  8. ^ "Staff Manual and Style Guide" (PDF). Technique. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 12, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c "ANAK: General History". Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
  10. ^ "Georgia Tech ANAK Society". Georgia Tech Archives Finding Aids. Georgia Tech Library. Retrieved March 16, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Back, Alan (January 18, 2002). "Staff Editorials: Oldest Living Technique Writer Tells All (at Long Last)". The Technique. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2007.
  12. ^ a b Thomason, Kyle (August 26, 2005). "All About the Technique". The Technique. Archived from the original on January 10, 2006. Retrieved April 4, 2007.
  13. ^ "FY 2006–2007 Student Activity Fee Budget, as Passed". Archived from the original (Excel binary workbook) on February 20, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  14. ^ Baskett, Kenny (February 9, 2007). "Campus Crime". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  15. ^ a b c "Nique Staff Does Athens in Lavish Style". The Technique. December 1, 2000. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
  16. ^ "Traditions: "The Good Word"". T-Book. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  17. ^ "2006 Freshman Issue". The Technique. August 25, 2006. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  18. ^ "The Best & Worst of Tech" (PDF). The Technique. April 21, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  19. ^ Two Bits Man (September 10, 2006). "A Lesson in Love, a Lecture on Hate: That's the Tech Way". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
  20. ^ Two Bits Man (January 19, 2007). "Two Bits Shares an Attempt at Lyrical Poetry About Funkmasta G. Wayne". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  21. ^ Two Bits Man (October 13, 2006). "Two Bits Analyzes the Interrelatedness of Cars, TV, Stupidity". Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  22. ^ Two Bits Man (January 12, 2012). "Two Bits: Dining Services Overflow with Generosity". Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  23. ^ a b c d Griffin, Lauren (February 18, 2005). "Avoid Common Sliver Misconceptions". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  24. ^ "Ga. Tech Battles Advertiser, AG's Office". Student Press Law Center. August 1996. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  25. ^ Lands, LeeAnn (November 10, 1995). "Support for Tolerance Always Welcome". The Technique. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  26. ^ Ketterman, Pete (October 27, 1995). "Crusade Wants Level Playing Field". The Technique. Retrieved May 22, 2007.

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Coordinates: 33°46′28″N 84°23′59″W / 33.774496°N 84.399625°W / 33.774496; -84.399625