College Times is Canada’s oldest student publication and has an interesting history.
The College Times was founded in September 1857 as an unofficial revolutionary student publication. By November its name had changed to The Monthly Times and in March 1858 a rival publication, The Boys’ Own Paper, had been produced. The two publications merged in May 1858 to create The Boys’ Times, which carried on as a weekly publication until April 1859 when it added College Growler to its masthead and continued until June 1860. The publication lay dormant between June 1860 and January 1871. At this time it was resurrected as The College Times and had continuous publication until June 1873. After an interval of almost nine years, The College Times once more became a living factor in College life in March 1882 until another lapse in publication only a few years later. College Times resumed in 1888 and has been published continuously ever since. Its first editor was John Ross Robertson, while other editors have included Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies and Michael Ignatieff.
The original motto for the publication was ‘Quidquidaguntpueri, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudi, nostriestfarroagolibelli‘ – ‘Whatever boys do, whether they vow, are afraid, express anger, please, or joy, in our paper you can find it.‘