News

The End Is the Beginning

November 06, 2016

In 50 years of weekly and then daily publishing, The Chronicle has produced thousands of headlines for its news articles and opinion essays. Editors and reporters prize originality, but sometimes we fall back on, shall we say, formula. Over the past 50 years, we’ve started more than a few headlines with "The Education of…" (a Provost, Young Donors, a Scholar Who Chose to Become a Black Man) or "Who…" (Should Pay for Public Higher Education? Wrote the Serenity Prayer? Killed the Bugs at Kansas State?). We’ve gone down Route 101 as well ("Academic Relationships 101," Smooching 101," "Successful Plagiarism 101," to name a few). In looking back at our headlines, though, we’re most amused at the variety of those announcing, or questioning, the end of things. Here’s a sampling.

The End of the Journey

The End of Race as We Know It

The End of Solitude

The End of Snow Days

The End of Gnosticism?

The End of American Hegemony?

The End of a Lobbying Group

The End of Easy Oil

The End of Racism in American Politics?

The End of NATO

The End of the Line

The End of Innocence

The End of the Academic Affair

The End of Winter

The End of Serenity and Certitude

The End of Mandatory Retirement

The End of the Novel of Love

The End of a 50-Year Love Affair With Foreign Films

The End of Interest Subsidies?

The End of Serendipity

The End of Enlightenment

The End of the Academic Library

The End of Human Specialness

The End of the Textbook as We Know It

The End of the American Century

The End of Free Space

The End of Feminism?

The End of Male Supremacy

The End of College? Not So Fast

The End of Nature, Again

The End of Theology

The End of Leadership

The End of the Divestment Era

The End of Irony. Or Not.

The End of MLAlienation

The End of Affirmative Action

The End of Summer Blues

The End of Twapperkeeper?

The End of the International Office?

The End of ‘Countdown’

The End of Education Schools?

The End of the Beginning

The End of War?

The End of the Affair

An End to Microsoft Word Attachments

The End of Admissions as We Know It?

The End of Memory, the Beginning of History

The End of the World: Next Week?

The End of Black Literature?

and …

A Fitting End