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TWU’s ‘The Lasso’ moving to Department of English, Speech and Foreign Language


DENTON — It began in 1914 as an experimental alternative to a monthly publication, then became the voice of Texas Woman’s University students. Beginning in spring 2006, “The Lasso,” TWU’s student-run newspaper, will move to the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages.

“The Lasso” currently is under the supervision of TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). According to “Marking A Trail: A History of the Texas Woman’s University,” the newspaper was under the supervision of the Department of English when it made its debut on Nov. 7, 1914, then moved to the journalism department when it was established in 1925. Journalism later became the mass communications program and was housed in SLIS. When the program ended last summer, TWU officials discussed the newspaper’s future.

“We wanted to support the continuation of a strong student newspaper,” TWU Provost Dr. Carolyn Gunning said. “We felt it important that there continue to be an academic component, and the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages seemed to be the best fit.”

Dr. Gunning noted that SLIS now offers only graduate programs, and there no longer are faculty to teach journalism. Both were factors in the decision to move “The Lasso.” Dr. Bruce Krajewski, chair of the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages, will explore the possibility of offering courses to help prepare students for careers in the field of communications, including journalism. He’ll also work with the paper’s adviser, Meg Barry, a TWU graduate and former “Lasso” editor hired as a half-time staff member.

Barry, who owns her own desktop publishing business, worked at “The Lasso” for two years as a TWU student, serving as managing editor in spring and fall 2002 and as editor in spring 2003. She sees her new role as strictly that of a consultant.

“The paper really is run by the students,” she said. “I’m there only to make sure it’s done properly.”

“The Lasso” is published weekly and is distributed on TWU campuses.


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e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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