The Current at 50

Back row: Jeff Kuchno, Clint Zweifel, David Baugher, Wiley Price, Judi Burch Linville, Josh Renaud and Rick Jackoway Front row: Sharon Reus, Michelle McMurray, Kathleen Riddler

Back row: Jeff Kuchno, Clint Zweifel, David Baugher, Wiley Price, Judi Burch Linville, Josh Renaud and Rick Jackoway
Front row: Sharon Reus, Michelle McMurray, Kathleen Riddler

In November 1966, UMSL’s student newspaper published its first issue under the name “Current.” That means The Current turns 50 this year!

To celebrate, this year’s editor-in-chief, Kat Riddler, put together a fantastic banquet for the current Current staff, alumni and other interested folks.

Missouri’s state treasurer, Clint Zweifel, is an alumnus, and he was the featured speaker tonight. He had some fun anecdotes to share.

It was also great to see adviser Judi Linville, Dave Baugher, and my high school yearbook adviser Jeff Kuchno. An alumnus himself, Mr. Kuchno is the one who suggested I work at The Current.

In the run up to the banquet, The Current staff interviewed me and other former editors about our memories. They edited them together to make a cool video that we watched tonight.

I always say that working at The Current was one of the most important experiences of my life. The paper has had its ups and downs over the years, but I always do my best to support the students who work there.

UPDATE (April 23, 2016): The Current posted the full version of their history interview with me. You can see it here:

UPDATE (May 12, 2016): Evie Hemphill interviewed me and other staffers for a piece about The Current’s anniversary in UMSL Magazine. You can read it online today.

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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