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The Collegian, by the NumbersDo you know all four names the paper has called itself?

Penn State's student newspaper has appeared in many shapes and sizes, and has called itself by different names. But one thing has been constant: the Collegian remains a student-oriented newspaper, just as it has been for a century. Here are some fast facts about our esteemed paper.

132 years in existence: The Daily Collegian traces its history back to April of 1887.

Three names the newspaper has lived under before arriving on its current name:

  • Free Lance published monthly between April 1887 to April 1904
  • State Collegian published weekly between September 1904 to June 1911
  • Penn State Collegian (which also had Summer Collegian issues for some dates) published weekly between September 1911 and September 1920, published semiweekly between September 1920 and May 1940, and published weekly between May 1940 and August 1940.

September 5, 1940: The newspaper became The Daily Collegian with a daily publishing frequency.

May 1943: Due to World War II, The Daily Collegian suspended daily publication, operating as a weekly and semi-weekly publication until it returned to daily status again in the Fall of 1946.

12,000 issues: Since being established as a daily in 1940, the award-winning outlet has published over 12,000 issues.

The Collegian's website lists 14 distinguished alumni who have been honored by the university, including Paul Levine, author and former editor-in-chief of The Daily Collegian, who has published over 20 books.

On Dec. 11, 1989, The Daily Collegian moved to a new home, the James Building at 123 S. Burrowes St. The newly renovated facility offered about 10,000 square feet of office space at the time.

29 years: As of December 11, 2018, The Daily Collegian spent almost 30 years in the James M. Elliott Building.

35,000 copies of the special issue: On January 23, 2012, the day after Coach Joe Paterno died, the Collegian published a commemorative issue. The first press run was to print 35,000 copies, a record number for the publication.

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