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.
Leslie J. Savage Library has a physical collection that dates back to September 26, 1923. The library has continued collecting the articles as they are published. To view them, students must make an appointment with a librarian from the archive collection. Additionally, the public can access Top o’ the World archives via microfilm and explore the history of Western.
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 Country 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.
The paper is entirely student-run, from story generation to ad-sales and layout.
“In terms of a job, an editing position has always been of interest to me. I enjoy doing work here and hope it will give me experience to get an editing job in the future,” said copy editor Elizabeth Ramsey, a junior majoring in English with a minor in Communication Arts.
Top o’ the World provides students with reporting, writing and design experience that prepares them for a future in journalism, research and other careers. Not only does Top o’ the World deliver Western news, it tells the history of Western from eyes of current students for generations to read.
Story and photos by Grace Flynn.