At times named InterCOM, Mainland Comet, Trailblazers or The Gander, COM students covered the news and events of the College of the Mainland from 1968-2004 as well as some news from the community. Under Astrid Lowery's* tenure as advisor, the InterCOM became a TIPA award winning student newspaper.
COM Library has digitized those student newspapers that were available. There are issues missing and some of the issues available were in better shape than others, but they all serve to document an important part of college history. Today the student newspapers are the best single source for the history of the college.
* A big thanks Astrid Lowery who had a complete collection of the InterCOM during her tenure as InterCOM advisor, which she kindly donated to the library.
Each file below contains all issues that were available for an academic year. In order to make them readable, the files were scanned at high quality and may be slow to load--they tend to load more quickly when using Chrome.They are searchable by using the CTRL F function in your adobe reader.
Select a cover to get started or access all the newspapers in one file (the single file is very large and will take a while to load).
|May 1968, with note from 1st President, Herbert Stallworth||Feb 1969||Sep 1969 - Apr 1970|
|Sep 1970 - Nov 1970||Oct 1973 - Dec 1973||Feb 1974 - May 1974|
|Oct 1974 - May 1975||Sep 1975 - May 1976||Feb 1977 - May 1977|
|Nov 1977 - April 1978||Oct 1978 - May 1979||Oct 1979 - May 1980|
|Oct 1980 - May 1981||Sep 1981 - Apr 1982||Sep 1982 - Apr 1983|
|March 1984||Oct 1985 - May 1986||Oct 1986 - Apr 1987|
|Oct 1987 - Apr 1988||Oct 1988 - May 1989||Oct 1989 - May 1990|
|Aug 1990 - May 1991||Aug 1991 - May 1992||Aug 1992- May 1993|
|Jul 1993 - May 1994||Aug 1994 - May 1995||Jul 1995 - May 1996|
|Jul 1996- May 1997||Jul 1997- May 1998||Jul 1998- May 1999|
|Jul 1999 - May 2000||Jul 2000 - May 2001||Oct 2001 - May 2002|
|Jul 2002 - May 2003||Oct 2003 - Dec 2003|
The College of the Mainland student newspaper was published over the years under a variety of names such as The Comet, The Gander, and most frequently the InterCOM. The newspaper seemed to change names at the whim of the advisor or student editors. When I was hired in 1986 to be the advisor as well as the instructor of the journalism classes which formed the basis for the newspaper, I suggested that the name should again be InterCOM since that was the name most frequently used over the years. This was a welcomed move.
The student newspaper, a print publication, was started in the early years of the college’s 50 year existence and continued on, though not on a yearly basis, until the beginning of 2004 when it was discontinued. I was privileged to be the InterCOM advisor from fall 1986 through the end of 2003, an unbroken 17-year tenure for the newspaper.
InterCOM had a following not just on the COM campus, but throughout the surrounding communities, where it was welcomed and read with delight. The student reporters covered a variety of subjects, some of great importance like the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the college or profiles of various COM professors, and some mundane, such as the fact that the pond, named Lake Eckert, was colored with green dye to make it more attractive, yet not harmful to the species that lived on the water and below, as well as the surrounding vegetation.
Most stories (newspaper lingo) were accompanied by pictures taken by student photographers. Each issue generally also featured a political cartoon, drawn by a variety of artist staff members. The InterCOM staffs, which changed from semester to semester to include one publication in the summers, were headed by both a student editor and a student assistant editor.
The editors worked hard to ensure that all important events were covered, such as reviews of COM plays, art gallery exhibits, Phi Theta Kappa initiations, and Student Government elections. Also included were announcements for upcoming events as well as the popular People Speak Out, which gave students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to voice their opinions on a current subject. Many issues also featured an editor’s or a student reporter’s views on a COM-related problem or the death of a celebrity such as Tupac Shakur. One interview even featured spokesduck, Quack Quacker’s, negative view of serving duck for Christmas dinner.
Each year as InterCOM advisor, I entered newspaper stories, editorials, photos, and cartoons in the prestigious Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s contest, with the result that over a 17-year span, staff members earned approximately 47 first, second, third, and honorable mention prizes, thereby allowing InterCOM to advertise itself as an award winning newspaper.