Celebrating, reflecting on our past


By Stephen Cook

As you have noticed, we have taken a look back at our own history in this issue. Thirty-five years have passed since the first volume of the Ledger was published and here we are today, communicating to you through print, although the setting, styles and culture have greatly changed.

We wanted to take a moment to look back at the history of the Ledger because it helps us to better understand the history of the college and the community better as a whole. It also gives us a window into what student life was like 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. Not only the changes on campus, but the changes in lifestyle, technology and even fashion are remarkable.

Doing the research for this project was particularly exciting, as I, obviously, have a soft spot for print journalism. Although I do read most of my news online, there is something special about holding the publication in your hands. The extra work, the visual appeal and the fresh smell of ink and paper aren’t things that can be found online. Photos have a tendency to leap out at you more in print, and I find that it is easier to browse and discover new stories in a physical copy.

Going through the archives, I came across many old photos, articles and books that make you appreciate not only where we are today, but where we are because of the past.

Specifically, if the administration, faculty and students at the college had not worked together in the 70s, we would not be where we are today. It took their pioneering and hard work to spark the beginning of a publication that has benefitted not only students, but the community as a whole.

Although the college has documented their history as well, the role of a student-produced newspaper is to be an independent voice for the student body. It is our job to tell you what is going on around campus, whether it is good or bad. The Ledger also provides an outlet for those on campus to voice their opinions about topics they are passionate about.

This issue is a celebration of that commitment of striving towards excellence. I hope you will take some time to check out our coverage of the past – both in this issue and in our extra features online.

Also, this issue and our website aren’t the only places you can learn about the college’s past. The college has done a fantastic job of digitizing and archiving all Campus Ledger issues since the very first one in 1978. Searchable by year, keyword or more, it is extremely easy to take a stroll through the past, as told by students who were just like you. You can find them here: http://tinyurl.com/CLArchives.

Through the hard work of many individuals, the history of the college and the community has been carefully recorded. Now, as we begin creating Volume 36, this year will be added to the collection for those in the future to discover and consider.

We’re not here to make history – that’s your job. We’re here to report it.

Contact Stephen Cook, editor-in-chief, at scook35@jccc.edu.


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