On November 23, 1921 Colorado State Normal School (not yet Western State Colorado University) published the first edition of Top O’ The World for the small campus. Twenty students worked together to create a publication that would give writers a chance to provide information about events and ideas on campus.
Savage Library has a physical collection that dates back to September 26, 1923 and continues collecting the articles as they are published. Students have access to them only by making an appointment with a librarian from the archive collection. Microfilm is available to the public to explore the history of Western through students’ eyes.
Currently Top O’ The World has 21 employees including an editor, copy editors, an advertising manager, a lead designer and a web manager. There are also eight staff writers and one photographer. The faculty advisor is Alan Wartes, who writes for the Gunnison County Times.
“I enjoy helping students learn and grow in their writing. I always want new students to become interested in working for Top,” said current editor Zoe Henderson, who is a junior majoring in English with a minor in Environment & Sustainability.
Top has been providing students with experience that will help them grow and achieve a high standing writing goal. Not only is Top O’ The World delivering journalism, it is telling the history of Western from eyes of current students for generations to read.
“I enjoy reading everyone’s work and making it nice! I get to see different stories all of the time and it is just fun,” said copy editor Elizabeth Ramsey, who is a junior majoring in English with a minor in Communication Arts.
Story and photos by Grace Flynn.