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This week in "TNH" history September 20, 1911, No. 1

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2004

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

This week in TNH history September 20, 1911. Volume 1, no. 1

It was announced that the new student newspaper would be sold for five cents per copy or $1 for a yearlong subscription.

The first-ever issue of The New Hampshire profiled a number of events happening on campus in the first few weeks of that school year. "On Wednesday evening the minstrel show was given in Barnhams's barn. The freshman actors showed much talent and the evening was an enjoyable one to the spectators, if not to the freshman." This issue covered the University president's speech to the incoming freshmen. He "spoke of a habit, which a great many students are liable to form of wasting their time. Thousands of precious moments are often allowed to slip by without accomplishing anything worthwhile, and then when they are gone we are none the better for having spent them." The issue also discussed the football team's prospects for the coming year, saying, "Judging from the size of the 15 men chosen to hold the cane in the rush, football material of the right kind is not lacking in the new class." The staff of the newly-founded paper was confident that they were creating something meaningful on campus. "The College Monthly is dead, bound over and passes into the great beyond whence from it can never come back. Its last years were ones of strife and difficulty but the end came in quietness with all bills paid... However, that is gone and we are with this issue starting a new era in New Hampshire College. This first issue of The New Hampshire is one that is making history for it is the first-ever weekly newspaper that has ever been issued by the students of this college... The New Hampshire greets you! And we start with the feeling that we are at the beginning of a new epoch, vigorous, broad, and promising from this paper is bound to make the college better known to the world and more loved by its friends."

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