The Retriever Weekly
Published on the opening day of UMBC, September 19, 1966, was the first issue of UMBC News which carried the bold headline DR. KUHN GREETS STUDENTS.” Dr. Kuhn was very student oriented, and declared in the front page article: We welcome the new students, for a campus does not come alive until it has a student body. We look forward to the way in which you will become part of the activities on campus and wiol [sic] begin to develop the traditions that are so important in college life. We do not expect UMBC to be quite like any other campus.” The newspaper would soon be renamed The Retriever.
On September 18, 2001, the front page of The Retriever Weekly chronicled student life in the week after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The paper described the confusion and heightened emotions in the aftermath, but also chose to focus on the unity of the campus through the many events held the following week. The night of the attacks, more than 1,000 people attended a Teach-In in the University Center Ballroom and a speak-out event was held the following day. On Thursday night, the University Center plaza was crowded for a candlelight vigil. Besides attending campus events, students also expressed their thoughts and feelings online through their AOL Instant Messenger icons and away messages; American flags and Red Cross symbols replaced typical emoticons, and away messages such as out to dinner” or studying” became prayers and remembrances.
From the first issue published on the first day of classes at UMBC, then under the title UMBC News, the student newspaper at UMBC has served to report, review, and document student and community life at UMBC. Known at various times as The Retriever, The UMBC Retriever, and since 2002 as The Retriever Weekly, the newspaper is staffed entirely by students. Reflecting trends in the newspaper industry nationally, the newspaper has moved online (currently at retrieverweekly.umbc.edu) and has reduced the number of print issues distributed for free on campus.