Commonwealth Times

About this collection
The Commonwealth Times is the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University. This archive covers 1969 to 2011. 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. This digital collection includes over 1,760 issues of the Commonwealth Times, spanning the years from 1969 through 2011.

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)

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Commonwealth Times 1970-02-18 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-18
Tuition increase likely to supplement state funds -- Convention ousted in House action -- Unification move, University Senate formed -- Medallions to play for Midwinters -- Dorm residents talk with Wilson on visiting rights -- Crafts show continues -- Welfare program to be shown, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-19 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-19
Speaker favors abolishing electors -- Dr. Brandt will hold weekly meeting -- Students solicit legislation -- Troubadours convey 'joy' -- Journalist salutes Cabell, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-20 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-20
IFC to discuss its role with Wilson -- SGA Bureau to study sub-letting of parking -- Sub-assemblies, Committee opposes structure -- Drugs workshop to begin Tuesday -- Sophomore recital to be given tonight -- 'Fiery' pianist to perform -- 'Ship of Fools' here tomorrow, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-25 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-25
Dr. Wilson cites future of frats -- Student-faculty retreat to be held March 14-15 -- Businessman volunteers to lead crew -- French major receives Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-26 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-26
Workshop gives perspective on drugs -- Co-ed room schedule listed -- Rams Football Club starts from scratch, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-27 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-02-27
Dr. Bright gives drug views -- Six students in art to exhibit nationally -- 'World of Chekhov' to be given Monday -- Biafran relief fund, Voluntary fast slated -- Master Plan to include student questionnaire, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-04 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-04
Free U ceases operations, blames debt, interest lag -- Dr. R.I. Wilson is named head of UA council -- Too few petitions forces House to cancel elections -- Powhatan education project prepares specialized teachers, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-05 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-05
Radical Union organizes anti draft, Group attempts to get SGA to ratify constitution -- Course debuts on Tuesday, Class will emphasize urban development -- 800 students take part in Biafran fast, $400 donated to relief fund -- Faculty analyses satisfactory, Evaluation has varied approaches, Forms improve instruction, text -- Crafts Ltd. to open on campus, Display founded to fill void in art exhibition -- Financial Aid announces scholarships, 600 students now receive aid, Three finance programs are presently available -- Concert scheduled for Easter, Chambers Brothers booked here, Local Group also to perform -- HEW officials interview students, Meeting scheduled; purpose, results unknown, Reporters barred from attendance -- May Week programming is under way, Groups submitted for week end consideration, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-06 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-06
MCV's Virginia Miller honored at luncheon -- Committees consider merging May Jubilee and Greek Week -- Young Republican Club to meet in Natural Bridge for convention -- Dr. Hardre lecture set for Monday -- Sophomore to participate in Randolph-Macon drama -- 'War on Pounds' Declared, Co-eds prepare for warm weather – Midwinters … a Success, Friday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-11 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-11
VSC students talk on campus -- Sigma Omega Beta goes international -- Dr. Hall serves as president of management society -- Transcript delay to be eliminated by week's end -- Committee to study contract renewals -- Applications available for council -- GA delegates pass legislation to control drugs, Wednesday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-12 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-12
Site concept unveiling scheduled -- MCV accredited for two-year period, Thursday
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-13 [View Image]
Commonwealth Times 1970-03-13
Afro-American Week gets under way Monday -- Clubs await answer on constitutions -- Drug questions? MCV has answers -- WJRB holds contest to aid athletics -- Scholars announced for April -- Speaking course to begin, Friday

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