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U Name It, Bismarck Junior College newspaper front and back page
U Name It, Bismarck Junior College newspaper front and back page
TitleU Name It, Bismarck Junior College newspaper front and back page
Date of Original1946-12-20
DescriptionThe front page of the first edition of the Bismarck Junior College newspaper features several articles telling the news of the college. The paper is called the U Name It, and a contest on the front page of the paper invites students to submit names for the new publication. In the center of the front page there is a photograph of a classroom. Some of the young men and women sit in desks while others stand in the back, showing the problem of inadequate classroom space. The students are dressed in clothing indicative of the time period. In the background an American flag and a chalkboard can be seen.
The back page of the first edition of the Mystician newspaper features various articles explaining information about the college. It lists the faculty and the enrollment by classes as well.
General SubjectEducation
Colleges and universities
Subject (LCTGM)Newspaper headlines
Organization NameBismarck Junior College
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Item NumberBS-98
Format of OriginalNewspapers
Publisher of OriginalBismarck Junior College
Place of PublicationBismarck (N.D.)
TranscriptionFirst page of first edition of the Mystician Newspaper, December 20, 1946."MERRY NEW YEAR. U NAME IT. HAPPY CHRISTMAS."
"Published by and for the students and supporters of Bismarck Junior College."
"Vol. 1 No. 1. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1946. 10 CENTS"
"Christmas Vacation Begins"
"Crowding the Classrooms at Junior College"
"1946 Biggest Year Yet For Junior College"
"Christmas vacation, which begins today and ends January 6, brings to a close the most successful year in the history of Bismarck Junior College."
"During the last twelve months we have seen the return of education-hungry veterans, first in a trickle and then in a flood as the separation centers got rolling. They have swollen the enrollment to a record breaking 285."
"Our first football team was organized, largely through the efforts of Neil O. Churchill, Charlie Hook, Myron Atkinson and the Association of Commerce."
"This is the first newspaper ever published by B.J.C. Other "firsts" include organization of a school band and the first homecoming."
"There have been many problems to solve. When school opened there was a shortage of everything except students. Teachers were scarce, classrooms were overcrowded and textbooks were at a premium."
"Most of the students have been as best they can. Our instructors all have heavy teaching schedules, the classroom shortage has been eased by holding some classes at night and the people of Bismarck have dug into the family archives to stir up some of the badly-needed texts."
"Today the most pressing need is for a new Junior College building. Our present facilities are sadly inadequate and there is a limit to how far you can stretch anything."
"With this new structure Bismarck Junior College will be able to occupy its rightful place in our community."
Caption under photograph - "SEVENTY-FIVE STUDENTS pour into one of the classrooms on the third floor of the high school building where the Junior College is at present located. This American history class has since been removed to the college assembly which has a seating capacity of over a hundred, but the fact remains that the college needs more room."
"Join the Fun --- Help Pick A Name for BJC's Paper"
"This is the first newspaper Bismarck Junior College has ever published. Several names were suggested for it, such as The Junior College Review and the B.J.C. Journal, but the staff was unable to decide which one, if any, was the best. Instead, they agreed to call the first issue You Name It and conduct a naming contest."
"Got any ideas as to what our proud little rag ought to be called, boys and girls? If so, fill in the entry below and drop it in the Idea Box fastened to the bulletin board which stands just inside the main doors."
"Entry Blank"
"I think the Bismarck Junior College newspaper should be called: ____________________
"[Write in the title of your choice on the above line.]"
Back page of first edition of Mystician newspaper "Roster of College Students and Faculty"
NotesComplete listing of faculty and students included on back page of newspaper.
Biography/HistoryThe Bismarck Junior College paper would later be called the Mystician.
Repository InstitutionBismarck State College Library Archives
Credit LineBismarck State College Library Archives (BS-98)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to Bismarck State College Library Archives.
Ordering InformationBismark State College Library Archives Attn: Carolyn Twingley 1500 Edwards Avenue Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-5503
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmBS98
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