New Year’s Eve is a special moment for CUP.
It’s the anniversary of one of the biggest parties of all time in Canadian media (I challenge you to try and prove that statement false) and the eve of CUP’s founding day.
NASH used to take place over the holiday so all conference delegates would ring in the new year together — not just once but FIVE TIMES for all five timezones. But way more than just a big party, CUP was created one bleary-eyed, queasy new year’s day in 1938 in Winnipeg. In honour of the tradition, we’re going to be doing a historic Twitter re-enactment of the honourable tradition. Follow along with us and celebrate as 2014 begins across the nation.
For those of you who are curious or unable to follow the re-enactment because of wholesome celebratory activities, here’s the official version of that infamous founding day:
January 1, 1938: CUP was born at 9 a.m. in a salon of the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg. Representatives from 20 French and English universities were attending a conference of the National Federation of Canadian University Students (NFCUS). Student newspaper editors had been encouraged to become part of their student unions’ delegations. Seventeen editors formed CUP the morning after a wild New Year’s Eve. McGill’s McDonald, a senior law student, was CUP’s first president. (There were, at various times, regional press organizations. For instance, in 1922, a Western Association of Canadian University newspapers was formed with members from the Universities of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. In 1939, the Maritime University Press Association was formed to work in conjunction with CUP. Its first president was Edmund Morris.)
A toast to CUP — to all the history behind us and the history we’re making.