The Torch is the student-published newspaper at Valparaiso University. This collection, digitized from the University Archives' microfilm and print holdings, covers the years 1914- one year ago. More recent content can be found here. On April 1, 1949 (April Fools Day), student editors began printing The Scorch, a parody of The Torch, a tradition which continues in present day. Due to publication errors, volume and issue number order may not be correct. Editions, or pages within issues, may be missing or damaged within this collection.

All copies of the Torch have been scanned without redaction. Images and terminology from past issues may be offensive and are not condoned by Valparaiso University. The Archives and Special Collections Department believes that it is important to retain the historical accuracy of publications. We encourage viewers to research historical context.

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