The paper published its first edition on Nov. 5, 1914, when the Great War was less than five months old, Robert Borden was the Prime Minister and a group of U of Manitoba students decided to create “a forum for expression for their classmates,” says the university.
That first issue explored a range of topics from the fighting in Europe to how many people may safely pile on a freshman during a rugby match. In the following decades, many notable individuals contributed to the newspaper, including Marshall McLuhan, Israel Asper, Graham Spry (founder of the CBC), Monty Hall (of Let’s Make a Deal fame), and more recently journalists Heather Robertson, Andrew Coyne and Nahlah Ayed.
Starting in 2009, The Manitoban partnered with the university’s archives and special collections to digitally preserve the paper copies of The Manitoban. The project was completed in March 2014, making it a publicly available and completely searchable record of 100 years of student life in Manitoba.
Today, The Manitoban is an independent publication and continues to employ dozens of student journalists and volunteers.