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TWU’s student newspaper The Lasso celebrates its 95th anniversary


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University student newspaper The Lasso celebrates its 95th anniversary this fall.

This milestone will be commemorated with a community and campus open house Thursday, Nov. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 311 of Stoddard Hall on the TWU Denton campus. For a map of campus, visit www.twu.edu/map_denton_campus.asp.

“As the oldest student-run endeavor that still exists on campus, it is exciting that we have survived and thrived for nearly 100 years,” said Luis Rendon, editor of The Lasso and a senior English major. “It feels wonderful that my staff and I could be part of such a great tradition at TWU.These 95 years are a testament to what students can achieve at TWU and I am very proud to be part of that legacy.”

Highlights of The Lasso’s history include:

• Notable past editors, including Caro Crawford Brown, ’28, the first female journalist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting; Grace Robinson New, '46, the first female television news reporter in Dallas; Kathy Williams, ’81, assistant news director for KPRC Channel 2 (NBC) in Houston; and Stacie Walker ’91, award-winning former national news editor for Newsday;
• Richard Rocha, ’98, served as the paper’s first male editor from 1996-1997
• The paper was known as The Lass-O until 1986;
• It was a weekly publication until 1945 and then was printed four times a week until 1993. It went bi-weekly until adopting its current weekly (published on Thursdays) format in 1996;
• When TWU dropped its mass communications program in 2002, the paper was housed in the School of Library and Information Studies until 2006, when it moved to its current home under the English, Speech and Foreign Languages Department;
• TWU is one of a few universities in the country to have a student-run college newspaper without a journalism or mass communications program;
• The Lasso is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press.

For more information on The Lasso, visit www.twu.edu/lasso.



Media Contact:
Amanda Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated November 16, 2009

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