The Gadfly


The Gadfly (1929) notes that this publication exists because "Five students were gathered together on an evening. The smoke-filled air was rent asunder suddenly and straightaway a voice cried, 'I must write an article or articles, and alas, I have no place to put it or them.'" One of the major pieces of this issue is a call for the reorganization of chapel, with the call for the removal of "the religious element." The last line of the article notes, "The best thing we seem to be able to do is to argue the matter, but that's something."

The Gadfly is a newspaper-type publication, this issue was published in April of 1929. The first piece, entitled "Why We Are," explains that the purpose of the paper is merely to have a place to publish articles and ensures readers that it is not a "radical" publication. The paper mostly covers topics relating to the College of Wooster campus and community. There are a couple of articles questioning the chapel requirement of the college, a creative coverage of a foot race, and a piece calling for a ban on all hazing toward first-year students. The booklet itself follows a simple two-column format and has a cover with printed designs, a title, and a brief table of contents. The publication also includes a few advertisements from local businesses


Student publications; Presbyterian universities and colleges; Hazing; College student newspapers and periodicals

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Chapel, Presbyterian Church, Student newspaper, College of Wooster, hazing



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The Gadfly