While today, everyone can refer to the Iowa State Daily as simply “the Daily,” the name has only been around for about three-fifths of the publication’s history. It took nearly five decades for the Daily to achieve status as a daily, though it was a long-term goal for several editors going all the way back to the 1890s. Here is a quick history of the publication’s names during the past 130+ years.
The I.A.C. Student
1890 – 1896
The first name of what would become the Iowa State Daily, The I.A.C. Student, was a reflection of the then-name of Iowa State University: the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm.
The Weekly Student
The Weekly Student was a short-lived name change. It started after the 1893 spring term ended and was dropped at the end of August, encompassing a mere six issues. The publication’s name reverted back to The I.A.C. Student, though it remained a weekly publication.
Unlike The Weekly Student, this short-lived name was at least used for a full term. The Student began in spring 1897 when the publication returned to a booklet form, and remained until the end of the term. However, publication that term was only bi-weekly, so only seven issues carried the name.
The I.S.C. Student
The I.S.C. Student began in fall 1897 as the school also readied its first name change — to the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
Iowa State Student
The switch to Iowa State Student began in the middle of the spring semester and as the newspaper began to more consistently publish multiple issues a week. It also reflected the school’s shorter name of “Iowa State,” which was growing in usage. While not originally part of the name, a “The” was added to the name in March 1923 but dropped in January 1924. However, it was added again in September 1925 and kept through March 1931.
Daily Iowa State Student
With the newspaper publishing five days a week, the word Daily was added to the name for 1938 spring quarter. However, the name change was another short-lived one, only in usage for the one term.
Iowa State Daily Student
The publication name got its words shuffled around a little in this name change that lasted through the World War II era.
Iowa State Daily
Reflecting that its news coverage wasn’t always local anymore and that many in the student body had served across the world during in the war, Student was dropped from the name.