The Sophian is the weekly independent student press of Smith College, serving the students, faculty, and staff of the Smith College community. We publish on Thursdays throughout the academic year. The Sophian distributes 2,000 copies across campus each week; our e-mail edition is distributed to over 4,000 people.
The Smith College Weekly was founded in 1911 to promote "broad-minded tolerance” through uniting the campus. In the fall of 1940 the newspaper was rechristened The Smith College Associated News and began publishing twice weekly to better report on the latest war events. In 1947 plans for a competing newspaper began, and in 1948 the Current published its first issue. Yet the college community wasn’t large enough to support two newspapers, and so in 1952 the two publications merged to create The Sophian.
Joining The Sophian doesn’t automatically come with heavy obligations. You can be involved as little (or as much) as you want. Some new staff write only once or twice a semester, while others take on the responsibility of an editor position; your workload is determined by you. Whatever you choose to do, we’ll train you for the job -- no prior experience with newspapers is necessary.
- Interview with Nevline Nnaji, Director/Creator of Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights
- Professor N.C. Christopher Couch: “Jews and Comics”
- Interview with Afreen Gandhi
- Visions of Justice: Whipping Girl Author Julia Serano Considers How We Regard Gender Non-Conformity
- A Servant of Two Masters Brings Italian Comedy to Smith
- “Smitherqueens, a Jamboree,” a review