First page of the first issue of the Concordian, published November 24, 1920

Before the birth of the Concordian, a magazine-like periodical called the Crescent existed on campus. First published in 1909, the Crescent served as a medium for student literary expression until the late 1910s when the student body sought a newspaper to inform and detail Concordia campus life. Thus, the first issue of the Concordian was published November 24th, 1920 under the direction of 18 students. Less than one thousand copies circulated per year, but the Concordian’s readership soon expanded and even saw its way overseas to Cobbers serving in WWII.

Pictured is the staff of the Concordian from the 1951-1952 academic year. From left to right: John Groven (sports editor), Audrey Helbing (desk editor), Marlene Jauger (feature editor), Wilma Perila (managing editor), Patricia Gelder (society editor), and Morton Eliason (photographer). 

Despite the newspaper's popularity throughout the decades, some students felt their voices were not heard within the scope of the Concordian's publications. Hence, students found external outlets to express and discuss their opinions in “underground” newspapers such as The Extra Mile of the early eighties and the more recent Concordian Counterweight.