The Varsity (newspaper)

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For The University of Cambridge student newspaper, see Varsity (Cambridge).
The Varsity
The Varsity
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Varsity Publications
Editor Alec Wilson
Founded 1880
Language English
Headquarters 21 Sussex Ave., 2nd floor, Toronto, ON, M5S 1J6, Canada
Circulation 20,000
ISSN 0042-2789

The Varsity is one of the main student newspapers of the University of Toronto. In publication since 1880, it is the second-oldest student newspaper in Canada, and with a weekly circulation of 20, 000 copies is one of the largest student newspapers by distribution, in North America.

The paper publishes weekly during the university semesters and online throughout the year. Originally a broadsheet daily, it now issues in compact form. The paper focuses on campus affairs and issues directly relevant to all U of T students. The major sections are news, comment, science, arts, sports, and features.

The Varsity usually assumes a left-of-centre stance on political affairs. The paper is published by Varsity Publications, a not-for-profit corporation, and is primarily financed by advertisement revenues with subsidies from student levy.


At the height of debate on coeducation in 1880, The Varsity published an article in its inaugural issue voicing in favour of admitting women.[1]

In 1895, the suspension of The Varsity's editor, James Tucker, led Latin Professor Dale to publicly attack the administration in The Globe, which in turn led to his own dismissal.[2] University College students then approved a motion by Varsity staff member William Lyon Mackenzie King and boycotted lectures for a week. This is significant for William Lyon Mackenzie King's involvement as a member of the Varsity editorial staff and student leader. He would later become Canada's longest serving Prime Minister.[3][4]

After Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau decriminalized homosexuality in 1969, a medical research assistant placed an advertisement in The Varsity seeking volunteers to establish the first university homophile association in Canada.[5]

Notable past staff[edit]


Editor-in-Chief: Alec Wilson
Managing Editor: Sarah Niedoba
Creative Director: Margaux Parker
Managing Online Editor: James Flynn
Design Editor: Lisa Wong
Senior Copy Editor: Sean Smith
News Editor: Iris Robin
Comment Editor: Victoria Wicks
Features Editor: Alex McKeen
Arts & Culture Editor: Jacob Lorinc
Science Editor: Nadezhda Woinowsky-Krieger
Sports Editor: Emma Kikulis
Photo Editor: Mallika Makkar
Illustration Editor: Julien Balbontin
Video Editor: Shaq Hosein
Web Developer: Damian Klambauer

Business Staff[edit]

Business Manager: Parsa Jebely
Associate Business Manager: Cherlene Tay
Advertising Executives: Michelle Monteiro and Emmett Choi

Board of Directors[edit]

Joshua Oliver, Chair
Alexander Wolff Marshall, Treasurer
Zaigham Ali, Secretary
Alec Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
Hussein Fawzy, Director
Abdulla Omari, Director
Sheng Chu, Director
Jade Colbert, Appointed Director
Tom Cardoso, Appointed Director

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What was front page news in the inaugural issue of the student paper The Varsity in 1880?". History Q & A. University of Toronto Department of Public Affairs. 2002. Retrieved 2007-07-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ Q&A: What made the "blood fairly boil" in U of T student and future prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1895?
  3. ^ "What made the "blood fairly boil" in U of T student and future prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1895?". History Q & A. University of Toronto Department of Public Affairs. 2002. Retrieved 2007-09-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ Marshall, David B. (2000). "Dale, William". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  5. ^ Bébout, Rick (January 2000). "Conception & birth". On the Origins of the Body Politic. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

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