History and Today

The Current is the student newspaper at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, published weekly through the fall and spring semesters on Mondays, in print and online. Originally,  The Current was preceded by the monthly “Tiger Cub” from 1960–63 and the bi-weekly “Mizzou News” from 1963–66. The newspaper’s name became “UMSL Current” in 1966; “UMSL” was later dropped from the name as a way to foster an identity independent from the University of Missouri in Columbia. The name “Current” refers to the river motif associated with the student body’s choice of “Riverman” as the school mascot, which UMSL has since changed its mascot to the Triton. The Current’s student staff writers and editors provide all the content of the paper and website, and the photographers, page designers, business manager, and advertising departments perform all the functions of a real news publication.  The Current is financed by advertising sales. The Current is the only real independent news source on campus and  is not an official publication of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


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The University is not responsible for the content of The Current and/or its policies. All materials contained in each printed and online issue are property of The Current and may not be reprinted, reused or reproduced without the prior, expressed and written consent of The Current.

Campus News Tips

If you see UMSL campus news or if your UMSL campus organization has an event coming up, let us know. Contact the News Room at (314) 516-5174, by email at thecurretntips@umsl.edu, or online using the Contact Us Submit Event form.

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Letters to the Editor

We accept letters to the editor that are approximately 250 words and should be related to a story printed by the paper within the last seven days. We reserve the right to shorten the letter for space purposes. We do not edit for grammar, punctuation, intent, or spelling for time purposes. We do edit for clarity, but the words and opinions expressed are still the writer’s. For verification purposes, they must include the writer’s first and last name, year and major for students, title and department for faculty and staff. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to respond to and to deny any letters.

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