Born in 1967 from the rumblings of the Vietnam War, the UC San Diego student newspaper has since captured historical moments on our campus and beyond for five decades. From tuition hikes and 9/11, to visits from Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, momentous events like these have been covered, chronicled
and critiqued all though the unique lens of a college student.
Every year a new crop of students becomes this voice of UC San Diego, dedicating
themselves to informing and inspiring thought in their fellow Tritons. And with every
late night along the way, these independent journalists have become the official—and yet
unofficial—university historians, purposefully free from any oversight or influence as they
carry the torch they lit themselves.
Triton magazine tracked down the founders of the newspaper, originally called Triton
Times; we put the call out to their successors and knocked on the door of The Guardian
today. We asked for their thoughts on the paper’s history, the moments that impacted their
worldview, and how their lives were changed in profound ways. Here they are in their own
words. (We wouldn’t have it any other way.)
B Y MALINDA DANZIGER ’00