The College of William & Mary’s Flat Hat was usually published each Friday during the academic year. On November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot, the paper (printed just prior to that date) covered the election of twenty-one students to the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a proposed $5 social fee, the opening of bidding for the construction of Swem Library, the upcoming basketball season and the candidacy of Barry Goldwater for the Republican nomination for president.
The editors published the next issue only four days later on November 26 and the front page bore a quote from President Kennedy’s inaugural address “Let every nation know . . . that we shall pay any price, bear any burden . . . to assure the survival and success of liberty . . . So let us begin anew . . . ‘rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation’“ and a photograph of the campus at noon on Saturday, November 23.