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The Varsity
TypeWeekly newspaper
FormatCompact
Owner(s)Varsity Publications
EditorJosie Kao
Founded1880
LanguageEnglish
Headquarters21 Sussex Avenue, 2nd and 3rd floor, Toronto ON, M5S 1J6, Canada
Circulation18,000
ISSN0042-2789
Websitethevarsity.ca

The Varsity is the official student newspaper of the University of Toronto, in publication since 1880.

The paper publishes weekly on all campuses during the fall and winter semesters and online throughout the year, along with two seasonal magazines.

Originally a broadsheet daily, it now issues in compact form. The paper's primary focus is on campus affairs and local news.

The Varsity usually assumes a centre-left 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 a student levy.

History

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]

In 2017, The Varsity began publishing a Chinese-language edition of the newspaper on their website.[6]

Notable past staff

See also

References

  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? Archived 2007-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  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.
  6. ^ Shrinkhala Dawadi (12 October 2017). "The Varsity Launches Chinese-language Edition". The Canadian Journalism Project. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
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