The Tartan: Celebrating 42 Years of Student Journalism

< 1 min read The Tartan, Radford University’s student-run newspaper, celebrated its 42nd anniversary on September 6th, 2020.

Old Newspaper

Photo Credit: (The Tartan) The Tartan began eleven years after Radford University was founded in 1910.


By Riley Ginger |

Radford University’s student-run newspaper, The Tartan, celebrated its 42nd anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 6.

While a student-led newspaper had been in print at Radford University for nearly a century, the name changed in 1978. The paper, originally only four pages long, was called the Grapurchat.

In the first issue of The Tartan was an 8-page paper with articles covering topics such as:

  • The former university president, Donald Dedmon, approving the name change to the student paper.
  • The Board of Visitors pushing legislation to allow Radford College to change its name to Radford University, making it a state institution.
  • The school colors changing from grey and purple to the now plaid patterned red, navy, and dark green.
  • Noting that WRRC, now known as WVRU, the university’s public radio station, erected their 60-foot-tall radio antenna atop Muse Hall.

Radford also welcomed 5,800 students to the grounds in 1978, the freshman class noted as being “smaller” than in previous years.

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