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RIT Student Advocate student publication

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0652

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of seven issues of The Student Advocate, a student publication of RIT. As far as we can tell, the publication ran for only two months in 1967. The publication came about when the staff at the official student publication, Reporter, went on strike because of interference from faculty and staff at the School of Printing. Some students started The Student Advocate, as their own "student-run" publication The Reporter continued to be printed in tandem with The Student Advocate, and they worked out issues and became independent from the administration and faculty.

It was felt the Institute did not need two student publications and The Student Advocate discontinued publication at the end of the academic year.


  • Creation: April - May 1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In 1967, a walkout occurred with the staff of the Reporter, RIT's official publication run by students. According to the first issue of The Student Advocate, this was the second massive staff walkout in five months. The reasons given were Institute-inflicted self-consciousness over what was to be published, lack of autonomy for student staffers, complete absence of financial responsibility, and strong-arming of power displayed by the Director of the School of Printing, Hector Sutherland. At this time many of the staff resigned from their positions. Conflict between students on the staff and the School of Printing had been smoldering underground for at least three years. Some remaining students on the staff attempted to resolve the conflict but were not successful.

Students were criticized by Sutherland for both the direction the paper had taken, and the style of writing. They were told to "shape up" or they would need to find production facilities other than the School of Printing, apparently because the publication was part of a journalism-printing curriculum which gave the powers that be in the School of Printing the upper hand.

The Student Activities Board (SAB) brought the involved principals together in an attempt to arrive at a solution. What came out of that meeting was a strong feeling in support of a student controlled press was sorely needed on campus so the SAB offered financial support, and approved a constitution on March 27th establishing The Student Advocate.


7 Item(s) (7 issues of the publication, each in a mylar bag contained in one oversized folder.)




Collection consists of seven issues of The Student Advocate, a student publication of RIT from April - May 1967. This publication began when students who worked on the Reporter became disgruntled.


The issues are in date order.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 361

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection of issues were donated to the RIT Archive Collections by George Komorowski in March 2016.

Accession number(s): 2016:007


Issues measure 11.5 x 17.5 inches.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in March 2016.

RIT Student Advocate student publication
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
07 March 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA