Long before UTA was UTA,
The Shorthorn was The Shorthorn

Years before the “UT” preceded the “A” at the college now known as the University of Texas at Arlington, and years before there was a Longhorn in the family, there was The Shorthorn. No relation, thanks.
In 1919, students at what was then known as Grubbs Vocational College needed a name for their fledgling literary/humor magazine. With a $2.50 prize from the dean as incentive, an ensuing contest yielded such poetic possibilities as KornKob, Swat News, Horse Sense, Grubworm and Tool for the name of the new publication. In a three-ballot election runoff, the student body chose Shorthorn over other finalists GVC Shots and Thistle.
The first issue — 6 by 9 inches, 48 pages with a bull in a bull’s-eye for a cover — appeared in April 1919. The first newsroom masqueraded as a wide spot in the hallway leading to the adviser’s office on the third floor of Ransom Hall, the campus’ oldest building.
The Shorthorn evolved into a newspaper in 1921 and has thrived in spite of a world war, the Depression, ice storms, too many technical conversions and computer crashes to count, and debilitating attacks within the student staff of transient hormonal surge. On a campus noted for change, The Shorthorn has been a constant, growing into a daily publication in 1977 after stints as a biweekly and weekly. Theshorthorn.com, our online edition, was added in 1997, making Shorthorn content available to anyone, anywhere 24/7.

On a campus known for change, we've been herer since (nearly) the beginning.

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    The Shorthorn

    Box 19038

    Arlington, TX 76019


    300 West 1st Street

    Lower Level University Center

    Arlington, TX 76019