From 1986 to 1997, the Student Review enjoyed a wonderful run as BYU’s independent student newspaper, which at its peak published weekly and reached a circulation of 10,000. During its years, SR featured a cross section of news reporting, essays, and wonderful humor and satire, with some of its stories resulting in changes to campus policy, as well as impacting life in the wider community and state. As a result of some of its coverage of difficult issues, the publication occasionally rankled school administrators, sometimes even triggering official efforts to shut it down.
A team of current BYU students has now resurrected the Student Review, printing and distributing its first issue on September 19th. In this episode, we meet the SR’s new editor, Craig Mangum, and learn about his team’s plans for the newspaper. We also hear about the newspaper’s founding and history from other panelists, Bill Kelly, SR’s first publisher, and former editors Joanna Brooks and Matt Workman. But mostly we get a chance to hear tales of a wonderful slice of BYU life as experienced by some of the school’s best and brightest of the past and present. WARNING: This podcast contains stories of a credit card of mythological status, sexual tension, and adventures with security guards and steam tunnels.
To learn more about, read articles from, or find out how you can support the new incarnation of the Student Review, please visit www.thestudentreview.org.
A good history of SR written at the time of its tenth anniversary by Bryan Waterman, a former editor, can be found here.