The Underground has been the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’ official student magazine since 1982. We cater to 10 000 students, faculty and staff. The Underground autonomously publishes monthly print editions during the academic year and we are governed by the Scarborough Campus Student Press (SCSP). We accept advertising in both our print and online editions. The SCSP also publishes Scarborough Fair, the campus’ only official student literary anthology.
The Underground is a champion of investigative and opinion journalism and we take pride in our unique magazine format. By being the only student paper specifically designed for the UTSC community, The Underground is the most comprehensive source of campus news.
Students look to their campus paper when they need a platform to express their opinions and concerns, and it is our primary job to act as a representative of the students at UTSC.
Since 1982, The Underground’s mission has been to be the journalistic voice of UTSC. With every issue, we seek to improve as a news source in order to continually reflect the devotion, the tenacity, and the hard work that defines UTSC.
As the campus’ official student paper, we are in a unique position – we act as a powerful medium between students and administration. Students can use The Underground to engage with campus life and communicate with the campus community.
After publishing a daring editorial that critiqued candidates for student council elections, the SCSC (student council), in a closed meeting, decided to stop funding the Balcony Square – UG’s precursor, formed in 1969. As former Editor-in-Chief Aly Kassam wrote, “Some things never change, like student media’s relationship with student unions.”
On March 9, 1982, as an act of defiance and independence The Underground was born – in a basement – published with the help of other student papers, students and the Canadian University Press.
In the first editorial of The Underground, former Editor-in-Chief Shona Nicholson wrote, “We put this issue out because we felt we still had a responsibility to inform the students of Scarborough and we will continue to do so no matter what happens.”