Emmanuel College Student Newspapers

Focus, Feb. 1951Focus, Dec. 10, 1964Focus II, Mar. 22, 1976Emmanuel Current, Sep. 20, 19882007 Yearbook, Feb. 1, 1999EC Times, Apr. 16, 2004

The Emmanuel Focus, which started in 1948 with a seven (7) person editorial board and Sr. Berchmans Louise of the English Dept. as the faculty advisor. It was supported by student subscriptions, provided information on campus or religious events. It was not until the late 1960s that the publication began to provide information on national events. By the fall of 1971 the Emmanuel Focus was facing financial difficulties as student subscriptions and staff writers dropped and the Emmanuel Focus ceased publication, although for a short period of time there were mimeographed circulation newsletters throughout the campus. Prior to the end of the Emmanuel Focus, in 1966, a segment of the student population, in response to the conservative tone of the Focus established the newsletter Open End that aimed to raise awareness of a student ‘voice’ on campus and was designed to be an unstructured publication to enable it to respond to the changing interests of the student body. By the late 1960s, the publication had ceased. In October 1974 a new student publication developed entitled Focus II, aimed to inform the student body on contemporary issues. It ceased publication in the early 1980s. It was, however, followed by several other publications that included: the short lived Lapis Ledger (early 1980s), Emmanuel Current (1980s), Current Focus (1990s), Emmanuel College Times (early 2000s) and The Hub (est. 2011).

The Emmanuel College Student Newspapers contains the various student publications and their associated material (e.g. publication correspondences, writing guidelines manual, letters to the editor) between 1948 through 2012. There is no new coverage for the period between 2000 through 2002 and 2005 through 2010. The collection contains a chronologically ordered and consecutive run of newspapers between the fall of 1948 and the spring of 1964. After this date the collection runs in a chronological order, but in a non-consecutive run. The newspapers document contemporary issues of Emmanuel College, the Catholic Church, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the City of Boston, and national news.

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