Top five stories from The Franklin archives

By Caitlin Soard

Since the 1900s, The Franklin has been a staple on campus.

Once a bi-weekly paper, the paper has evolved into a weekly publication with color pages and a website. But it wasn’t always so high-tech.

Below are some interesting, amusing and downright strange stories published in The Franklin throughout the years.

  1. Haters gonna hate
    • The week’s editorial read, in part, “Notice to Knockers: Please tell your criticisms to the editors direct. After such remarks are transferred several times they are not always received in the original form. We had the pleasure of hearing about two most beautiful and encouraging slams last week, and while it is hardly worth while to notice them, the editors wish to call the attention of all our readers to some facts.” The editorial went on to explain the paper’s transformation from a magazine to a more newsworthy—and sassy—entity.
  2. Who runs the world?
    • “Wuxtra! Co-Eds Will Edit The Franklin” read a headline on this issue’s front page. The men of The Franklin’s staff ever so graciously allowed the women on campus to produce the Jan. 23, 1920 issue of The Franklin themselves. Fast forward about 95 years and now the entire editorial staff, save one, is made up of women.
  3. An age-old Franklin College complaint
    • Tuition hikes have long been a topic of conversation around cafeteria tables, even back in the ‘30s. After room and board costs rose to a whopping $300 a year, students longed for the days when a full year at Franklin cost $112—however, that was in 1878, so the price of a horse and buggy probably wasn’t included.
  4. International fame
    • A pamphlet written by Franklin public relations staff was requested by the United States Information Service in order to show Pakistani citizens what typical American college life is like and to attract potential international students.
  5. Don’t be silly, wrap your willy
    • As a part of National Condom Week, Planned Parenthood gave away 10,000 free condoms to central Indiana residents. The campaign was aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds. Most of this information spread via word of mouth, aside from the article run by students in The Franklin. The Daily Journal, Franklin’s community newspaper, did not cover the event.
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About Ashley Shuler 1253 Articles

Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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