Commonwealth Times

About this collection
The Commonwealth Times is the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University. This archive covers 1969 to 2016. See the current issue at commonwealthtimes.org.

For over forty years, the Commonwealth Times has served as the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University, documenting the history and culture of VCU and Richmond.

The Commonwealth Times, often referred to as the CT, began publishing in September 1969, at the peak of the political and social turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The changing cultural attitudes of those times were reflected in the newspaper and over the decades the CT has continued to try to capture the events and essence of the university. As the student body of VCU expanded over the years, the turnover of new editors and writers increased. This brought about fluctuations in the scope of news coverage and the type of feature articles published from year to year. The CT continues to publish in print but is also available online.

The CT has generally come out twice weekly, with a few exceptions (occasionally coming out as little as once a week or as much as three times a week). While students from numerous majors have worked for the CT, the majority of writers and editors have come from VCU's School of Mass Communications, which offers classes in newspaper and broadcast reporting. For many years, the School provided a faculty advisor to the newspaper, but its editors have always exerted editorial control over its content. The CT's masthead currently states that it is "the independent student press of VCU."

The Commonwealth Times is the successor to the Proscript, the student newspaper of Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), published from 1939 until May of 1969 (the Proscript replaced the Atlas, which ran from 1929 through 1939). After VCU was created with the 1968 merger of RPI with the Medical College of Virginia, it was only a matter of time before the student newspaper's name and mission would change. Beginning in 1968, the Proscript began to include news from the medical campus (the Skull and Bones, the student newspaper at MCV, ran from the 1930s until the 1950s).

Each issue up to the summer of 2004 has been scanned in its entirety from original print copies in the collection at James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives. Starting with September 2004, we are presenting digital archive PDFs received directly from the Commonwealth Times. The complete text of every issue is fully searchable. A text search can also be narrowed to only search front page headlines. For each issue, there is a link to a full PDF of the entire issue. This site will be updated twice a year after the end of the fall and spring semesters, with all issues from that previous semester.

This digital collection represents more than 96% of all the known issues. The issues listed on the right were published, to the best of our knowledge, but are not included in this collection. If you have a copy of any of these issues that you would be willing to donate or share for scanning, please contact James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.

Missing issues
If you have a copy of any of these issues, please contact James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.

1970s
April 18, 1974 (Vol. 5, no. 21)
Oct. 17, 1975 (Vol. 7, no. 6)
Feb. 20, 1976 (Vol. 7, no. 18)

1980s
Oct. 26, 1982 (Vol. 14, no. 8)
March 22, 1983 (Vol. 14, no. 20)
Oct. 8, 1985 (Vol. 18, no. 5)
Oct. 7, 1986 (Vol. 19, no. 3)
Dec. ?, 1986 (Vol. 19, no. 10)
Jan. 27, 1987 (Vol. 19, no. 12)
Jan. 25, 1988 (Vol. 20, no. 16)
Oct. 4, 1988 (Vol. 20, no. 7)

1990s
Sept. 16, 1993 (Vol. 25, no. 6)
Sept. 30, 1993 (Vol. 25, no. 10)
April 8, 1994 (Vol. 25, no. 49)
Sept. 16, 1994 (Vol. 26, no. 9)
Jan. 23, 1995? (Vol. 26, no. 42)
April 21, 1995? (Vol. 26, no. 72)
Oct. 25, 1995 (Vol. 27, no. 24)
April 15, 1996 (Vol. 27, no. 66)
April 26, 1996 (Vol. 27, no. 71)
Feb. 26, 1997 (Vol. 28, no. 57 )
March 24, 1997 (Vol. 28, no. 63 )
Sept. 1, 1997? (Vol. 29, no. 2)
Nov. 7, 1997 (Vol. 29, no. 29)
Dec. 1 or 3, 1997 (Vol. 29, no. 35)
Dec. 8, 1997? (Vol. 29, no. 37)
Feb. 19, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 48)
March?, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 51)
May?, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 64)
Sept.?, 1998 (Vol. 30. no. 65)
Jan. 18, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 1)
Feb. 25, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 12)
March 4, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 14)
March 8?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 15)
March 11?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 16)
April 8, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 20)
April 19, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 23)
Sept.?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 27)
Sept. 23, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 31)
Oct. 4, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 34)
Oct. 21, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 38)

2000s
March 23, 2000 (Vol. 32, no. 15)
April 24, 2000 (Vol. 32, no. 24)
Sept. 9, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 4)
Sept. 16, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 6)
Oct. 3, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 11)
Oct. 31, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 20)
Nov. 18, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 26)
Feb. 3?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 7)
Feb. 6?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 8)
Feb. 13, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 10)
Feb. 17, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 11)
March 17?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 16)
April 17, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 25)
April 21, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 26)
April ?. 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 27)
Aug. 28, 2003? (Vol. 39, no. 3)
Nov. 6, 2003 (Vol. 39, no. 19)
Feb. 5, 2004 (Vol. 40, no. 4)
April 19, 2004 (Vol. 40, no. 20)

Copyright
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Commonwealth Times 1970-12-04 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-04
Language to offer study in Munich -- Brandt, Wilson meet with students -- Job placement service offers interview schedule for December -- Report criticizes East Campus -- Campus police confiscate 'obscene' TV photograph, ‘To the State’, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-09 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-09
Karen Murphy crowned Homecoming Queen -- Shafer Street changes sought -- Weekend activities submitted to review by SGA committee -- Black Homecoming seen as compliment, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-10 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-10
New registration is team approch -- Brass Ensemble to join Chorus in Yule program; Varsity faces 13th in nation; 'Tartuffe': Southern style, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-11 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-11
Snap-shot winner announced -- SGA committee to explore off-campus housing -- Orientation procedure tested -- SGA committee to plan activities -- State teachers' scholarship checks to be delayed -- Juniors to meet -- Freshman Registration, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-16 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-16
Campbell named to head new Division of Music -- Health committee to study student infirmary services -- Review court rejected; adjournment forced -- Arson in VCU fire?, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-17 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-12-17
Student Santa lends a lap to Richmond tots -- Final examination schedule -- Library sets Sunday hours, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1971-01-06 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-01-06
Fall 1971 enrollment expected to decrease -- Magazine contest winner -- Maraffie named music director of new opera and ballet group -- D.C. artists have exhibit in Anderson -- Earlier dates set for class changes -- I.D. Brown succumbs, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-03 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-03
Trying to find that first high…again -- Drive for blood donors did not reach expectations -- Ineligible status clarified -- Hearings planned on code, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-05 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-05
Delays plague Pollak building in final stages, Bad winter, Other items, Six sections, Gallery space -- Students to participate in community panel show -- Senate ratifies 'Treaty' on war -- Off-campus housing plans first meeting, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-10 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-10
House rebuffs Elam's USCA nominations -- Senator Tower to speak--classes won't be canceled; Landmark gone!; Library plans to start fines; Travel awards deadline near; Committee on housing seeaks administration backing; Deadline set, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-12 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-12
Should drop in poll, Highly rated Monarchs bow to Rams -- War, population touched in convocation speech -- Three patrolmen receive certificates -- VCU craft on display downtown -- Psychology results, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-17 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1971-02-17
Joint protest bridges the gap -- Law Enforcement majors question name change -- Barbecue is answer to Agnew -- Director clarifies room fees, Wednesday

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