The Collegian’s 125th

The first issue of The Rocky Mountain Collegian
The first issue of The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Things were a bit different when The Rocky Mountain Collegian published its first edition in December 1891.

For starters, it was a monthly newspaper made by the students of The State Agriculture College (the name Colorado State wouldn’t come around for another 66 years). A single copy could be purchased for 15 cents and featured articles included the results of an oratorical contest, marriage listings and the “local department,” which resembled the modern-day gossip column.

Today, The Rocky Mountain Collegian now includes Collegian.com. Readers can now get their news daily in print, on a desktop computer and through their phones. From a modest staff of six students, the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation now includes more than 300 students. And no gossip columns can be found.

The Collegian CSU IN RIO
The Collegian CSU IN RIO

A lot has changed in 125 years, and The Collegian’s milestone anniversary will be celebrated throughout the 5th Media Festival, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.

Among the highlights will be a panel discussion on the newspaper’s history featuring a collection of former Collegian editors. In addition, the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation is looking for stories from all Collegian alumni. Do you have a memory to share, or a favorite story to pass along? It can be as few as 50 words or as many 500. Entries can be emailed to Jim.Rodenbush@colostate.edu or GaryKimsey@yahoo.com