The Record celebrates a special anniversary this fall. 100 years ago—that’d be 1912, the year the Titanic sank—Goshen College gave The Record editorial “independence.” The paper became a publication that was edited, written and produced solely by students.In its 100 years of life, The Record’s appearance has morphed noticeably. The bold letters of typewriters used mostly up until the 1980-1990 issues appear ancient compared to the electronic type used in this issue. In the past, The Record relied on large print copies; now, computers securely categorize all the issues.
Article content also reflects a century of change at Goshen College. In September 1943, the college announced Mary Oyer as the first woman to edit the Maple Leaf. In September 1958, a photo showed the construction of the “new” church-chapel. A reoccurring debate in 1988 issues was whether on-campus dancing should be allowed. In March 1997, an article addressed ways students could support the campus’ Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Alliance.
But throughout The Record’s 100 years, some things are consistent. Students write of dating, identity and faith. They leave and return from SST. They study hard and hope their grades show it. They question and push against their own preconceptions. And throughout it all, an ever-flowing current of creativity and mischief carries them. (Take, for example, “Masked intruders swipe ice cream from Westlawn,” October 1984.)
On the anniversary of The Record, we honor the past, yet also pay tribute to the “ever-singing” qualities of Goshen College. I see this theme also extending to the 2012-2013 school year. The underpass construction, RFC pool closing, Union renovation and iPad inclusion are changes that may bring unease for some. However, though the changes carry us into a new era, we remain who we have always been: Goshen College.
This semester, to honor The Record’s past, I hope to publish an old article in every issue. To honor the present, I hope to include perspectives submitted from students currently in Morocco with Goshen College’s first Morocco SST.
As for the balance between old and new, I ask you, readers, to have a great semester. Your presence is already setting the past for the Goshen College to come.