Maneater celebrates a half-century of reporting

MU student newspaper sought to act as a fierce, new voice.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:11 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

The Maneater, an MU student newspaper, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. To mark the occasion, Maneater adviser Becky Diehl and staff members served green-and-white-colored cake — the newspaper’s colors — to passers-by in Brady Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Joel Gold started The Maneater in 1955 as a way to revamp the The Missouri Student, MU’s student newspaper at the time. Gold thought The Missouri Student was not tough enough and focused too much on Greek activities. He changed the paper’s focus and titled it The Maneater.

“He wanted something to act as a fierce, independent voice,” said Sarah Larimer, the current editor in chief of The Maneater.

Larimer has worked for The Maneater for three years. This is her first year as editor. Larimer said she was excited to be editor during the paper’s anniversary year.

“Every year is important, but this one is significant to a lot of people,” she said.

Warren Strobel is one of those people. Strobel, a foreign affairs correspondent for Knight-Ridder newspapers, worked for The Maneater from 1982 to 1983 and served as the editor in chief in 1983. He said his experiences with The Maneater help him in his current job.

“I think it was a great sort of proving ground for a journalist,” Strobel said.

Strobel also said he keeps in touch with his friends from the newspaper staff and will attend The Maneater’s 50th anniversary reunion.

Diehl, who has worked at The Maneater for 12 years, said the reunion will be held in September during Family Weekend. It will include an open house, campus tours and a reception for former and current Maneater staff members. She said she expects more than 300 alumni to attend the reunion. Diehl is planning to have the staff members attend a pre-game tailgate, football game and banquet the same weekend. She also helped coordinate the paper’s 40th anniversary reunion.

“It’s a big milestone for us, so I had the feeling we should have a big reunion to bring everyone together,” she said.

After all, she likes seeing the different generations interact.

“All in all, they all have a dedication to The Maneater,” she said. “It’s one big family, and that’s why we’re bringing everyone together.”

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