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1940s

Decade team: Catie Maloney, Ji Eun Lee, Patrick Roberts, Jennifer Bertling, Amy Darnell and Camden Ackerman (captain).

World War II caused a number of changes in The Student. In the 1930s, the newspaper consisted of eight pages per issue, but in the early 1940s it shrunk to four pages.  This was the result of financial problems at the college because of the war effort. 

In 1942-43, the editors focused on that. Nearly every part of the newspaper had some link to it, whether it was advertising or stories about the war effort on campus.  There were sections of the paper added because of the war.  “War Detail,” by Marion Loofe, detailed the efforts being made by students to help with the war effort. A section called “Iowa State Men in the Services” began appearing Nov. 12, 1942.

In 1943-1945, The Iowa State Daily Student started to largely cover women in the paper.  A new section titled “Women in Society,” became a part of every issue, along with headline stories focusing on women.  Some other features that were introduced were wedding stories, retirement of female faculty, sorority initiations, and even decorations of residence halls.  This shift in the paper occurred because a lot of males students had gone to fight the war and more women were attending Iowa State.

When World War II ended in 1945, the paper focused on entertainment around campus. Stories were about Veishea, campus events and student-faculty awards. On April 13, 1945, the newspaper featured a whole front-page story on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. 

In 1946 and ’47 the paper took a few changes in the format.  The paper still consisted of four pages. However, some of the stories were written more for a wider public, not just the students.  More local and national news were featured along with politics around campus and nationally.  The section that was had been titled “Women in the News” had changed its name to “The Feminine Side.”

A huge decision was announced on June 8, 1947.  The Iowa State Daily Student would change its name to The Iowa State Daily.  Lee Schwanz, the editor at the time, observed that the campus had a whole new generation of students who had gone off to war all over the world. These men who fought in Europe and the Pacific, and Schwanz thought the paper out to include international, national, state and local news. Many of them were now in college because of the Montgomery G.I. Bill, which made college education affordable.

In 1949, the paper took a steady break from the normal way in which the paper was conducted.  As the year went on, panic slowly began to grip the nation and the Iowa State campus.  The coverage of the Cold War increased as the nation began to deal with the security threat posed by the Soviet Union.

 

         

 

     

 

   
 
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