In October 2015, the College of Communication hosted a celebration of The DePaulia reaching Volume 100. Former DePaulia staffers attended a reception to reconnect and reminisce about their time working for the campus weekly. The reception included presentations by then Print Managing Editor Megan Deppen, Editor-in-Chief Matt Paras, and Faculty Director Marla Krause, who discussed the history and work of the paper over the years. Attendees could peruse past issues of the paper on display. DePaulians from as far back as the 1950s were in attendance, along with members of university community, parents and friends of the college.
While The DePaulia began publishing volume 100 in the fall of 2015, the paper had not quite reached its 100th anniversary. Thanks to research provided by the university archivist, numbering inconsistencies over the years resulted in Volume 100 proceeding the 100th anniversary, which will actually occur in the year 2023. Although not quite a milestone, The DePaulia Volume 100 celebration provided a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the paper and its former staffers, in appreciation its history and impact with students and the community over the years. The celebration was inspired by the University Library’s recent completion of a digital archive of issues dating back to 1929. Visit the University Library’s Heritage Collection to view past issues of The DePaulia and its iterations.
Working for The DePaulia was an impactful experience for the alumni and former students in attendance, providing the ability to hone skills, serve the public, and impact the lives of those around them. Through a special audio archive project, former DePaulians in attendance shared how the newspaper affected their education and lives. Listen below to their stories.
DePaulia Staff Interviews
During the event, alumni and former students who worked on The DePaulia (some going back to the 1950s) sat down together to reminisce about what it was like to work on the newspaper, things they learned that helped them in their future careers, and the friends they made on staff that they still know to this very day.