The Peak is the official student newspaper of Simon Fraser University (SFU), a Canadian university located in Burnaby, British Columbia.
The official website of The Peak can be found at www.the-peak.ca
The Peak also has a Twitter account (@PeakSFU) and a Facebook page.
The Peak's physical address is:
Simon Fraser University
The Simon Fraser University Library digital collections website has a comprehensive library of downloadable Peak issues from 1965 to today. The most recent issues can be found on the paper's official website.
The Peak was founded in 1965. It became fully autonomous from the Simon Fraser Student Society (the campus student union) in 1996. Legally, The Peak is published by an entity known as The Peak Publications Society which is a recognized "student society" under the University Act of British Columbia. This allows it to be funded by a student levy collected from all SFU students every semester.
The Peak Publications Society is also an incorporated "society" under the British Columbia Society Act and subject to all of that Act's regulations.
The Peak has a constitution which dates to the early 80s, though in practice it is not widely obeyed — or even consulted. The Peak is run mostly through a series of traditions and conventions that, while broadly obeyed over time, tend to gradually evolve and adapt as circumstances change. This has always been controversial, and the writing and adoption of a new, more modern and respected constitution has been an increasing topic of discussion.
Legally, The Peak is run by its board of directors, whose seven members are chosen through a variety of always-changing customs that are only vaguely inspired by the appointment process outlined in the constitution. In practice, almost all of the positions on the board of directors are occupied by current or recently-departed section editors, or other contributors to the paper.
Most day-to-day Peak decision-making is conducted by the editors and the manager(s).
ADVERTISING MANAGERS: (The Peak's oldest continuing position, created in 1991)
Neil Monckton, 1991-1993
Sam Monckton, 1993-1994
Laurence Wilkins, 1994
Chris DeVito, 1994-1995
Chris Papp, 1995-1996
Sharon Yee, 1996-1998
Chad Thiessen, 1998-1999
Vanessa Hiscox, 1999-2000
Thiessen (2nd time), 2000-2003
Stephen Fagan, 2003-2006
Larry Van Kampen, 2006-October 2012
David Proctor, October 2012-
BUSINESS MANAGERS: (position created 1994)
Leslie Smith, 1994-1998
Don Elder, 1998-2003
Stephen Fagan, 2003-2006
Larry Van Kampen, 2006 - October, 2012
David Proctor, October 2012 -
Sam Steenhuus, 1965
EDITORS IN CHIEF:
Sam Steenhuus, 1965-1966
N. Alan Bell (acting), 1966
Gillian Lindridge, 1966
Bell (2nd time, acting), 1966
Allen Garr, 1966
Michael J. Campbell, 1966-1967
Simon Foulds, 1967
Ronald Nye, 1967
Mayling Weaver, 1967
Bell (3rd time), 1967-1968
Jaan John Pill, 1968
Ed Wong, 1968-1969
Stewart Gold, 1969
Gordon Hardy, 1969
Phil Dubois, 1969-1970
Donn Korbin, 1970
George Keter, 1970
Cameron Beck, 1970-1971
Wilf Wedmann, 1971
Wilf Wedmann, 1971
Mike Mason, 1971
EDITORS IN CHIEF:
Ron Verzuh, 1971
Bob Mercer, 1971-1972
Keith McQuiggan, 1972-?
Ron Roth, 1972-?
Frank Rotering, 1973
Marc Edge, ?-1977
Irwin DeVries, 1977
Shane McCune, 1977
Maureen McEvoy, 1977-1978
Lee Rankin, 1978
Jackie Brown, 1978-1979
Trish Webb, 1979
Dean McMillan, 1979-?
Jimmy Tan, ?-1980
Alastair McColl, 1980
Position abolished, 1980-2012
David Dyck, September 2012 - May 2013
William Ross, May 2013 - December 2013
Alison Roach, January 2014 -
The Peak's system of so-called "section editors" was established in the fall of 1994. Prior to that, the paper was run quite differently than it is today, with a copy coordinator, multiple generic "desk coordinators" and "production managers," and several other staff, but no real equivalents to the paper's contemporary content-specific editorial jobs. In 1993 the desk coordinators began to slowly evolve into editors, and by late 1994 the full transition, complete with title change, was complete.
Since the section editor system was established, The Peak's exact number of editors has fluctuated, and the chart below does not cover the tenures of all editorships (for example, short-lived positions like web editor or external news editor) or other positions that may have held editor-like rank at one time (for example, graphics coordinator or external relations officer). The following chart is instead a comprehensive chronicle of what can be regarded as The Peak's "core editorships," that is, the positions which have been consistently occupied by someone or another, without interruption, for most of the last 20 years.
Peak editors are elected every semester by and from the Peak "collective," which in practice means the assembled editors themselves plus some of the paper's non-editor writers. In the vast majority of cases, incumbent editors are always reelected, which has allowed some editors to serve for quite a long time. The Peak constitution only allows editors to remain on the Peak staff for a maximum of two semesters after formally leaving SFU, however, so there is some practical limit to how long anyone can stay.
SFU semester guide:
"Spring"= January through April
"Summer"= May through August
"Fall" = September through December
Color guide (length of tenure):
|Unknown||1 semester||2 semesters||3 semesters||4 semesters||5 semesters||6+ semesters|
*asterisks indicate that a second editor also briefly served during this semester (see below).-
|FALL 1994||Craig Lawson||Kai-Lee Klymchuk||Sophie Leake||Katarina Thorstrand||none||Cherata Yawsen||Kelly Caldwell||none||Mike Dutton||FALL 1994|
|SPRI 1995||Sophie Leake||Tom Lakovic||*Kris Karlsson||Monique Harvey||Holly Keyes||*Dutton (2nd time)||SPRI 1995|
|SUMM 1995||Tom Lakovic||Patrik Kolby||Glen Callender||N/A||Keith Tan||SUMM 1995|
|FALL 1995||Teena Aujla||Craig Lawson||Caldwell (2nd time)||FALL 1995|
|SPRI 1996||Misha Rainer||SPRI 1996|
|SUMM 1996||Monique Harvey||Janine Dusoewoir||Dan Dick||Mason Wright||N/A||SUMM 1996|
|FALL 1996||Guy Leets||Pam Murray||Clea Ainsworth||Patrik Kolby||FALL 1996|
|SPRI 1997||SPRI 1997|
|SUMM 1997||Angela Aujla||Guy Letts||N/A||SUMM 1997|
|FALL 1997||Teena Aujla||Michelle Rainer||Kolby (2nd time)||A. Lee Cheuk Yin||FALL 1997|
|SPRI 1998||Kris Anderson||Mason Wright||SPRI 1998|
|SUMM 1999||Bess Lovejoy||N/A||SUMM 1999|
|FALL 1998||Kris Anderson||Mike Barker||Erin Fitzpatrick||Ryan Roddy||Wright (2nd time)||Saba||FALL 1998|
|SPRI 1999||Steve Cullingworth||SPRI 1999|
|SUMM 1999||Erin Fitzpatrick||Mason Wright||Simon Grant||N/A||SUMM 1999|
|FALL 1999||Sarah Isaacs||Bess Lovejoy||Craig Brown||Glen Callender||Saba (2nd time)||FALL 1999|
|SPRI 2000||Brooke Larsen||Paul Parker||SPRI 2000|
|SUMM 2000||Sarah Isaacs||Brent Whitman||Paul Parker||Dee Hon||N/A||Claire Kaufman||SUMM 2000|
|FALL 2000||Glen Callender||Alexandra Zabjek||Lindsay Nielsen||John Kennedy||Steven Reddy||Josh Byer||FALL 2000|
|SPRI 2001||Tejpal Swatch||Dee Hon||Josh Byer||Mohammad El Masri||Eric Dodge||Carolyn Duckham||SPRI 2001|
|SUMM 2001||Lindsay Nielsen||Mason Wright||Jessica Johnston||Mohammed Al Masri||Charlie Demers||Alexander Zabjek||N/A||Ben Pearson||SUMM 2001|
|FALL 2001||AnniqueElise Goode||Mohammad El Masri||Yu Wei Gao||John Kennedy||Aiden J. Ball||Amy Zhang||FALL 2001|
|SPRI 2002||Doug Yovanovich||Stephen Hui||Ian Rocksborough-S.||Karl Yu||SPRI 2002|
|SUMM 2002||Ben Pearson||D'Arcy Saum||Ian Rocksborough-S.||Amy Zhang||N/A||Tom Crute||SUMM 2002|
|FALL 2002||Sarom Bahk||Erin Ashenhurst||David W. McLeish||Ben Pearson||Ian R.S. (2nd time)||Scott Wright||Josh Devins||FALL 2002|
|SPRI 2003||Elisa Kosonen||Tejpal Swatch||Alisa Voznaya||Rhianna Coppin||SPRI 2003|
|SUMM 2003||Pearson (2nd time)||David Wilson McLeish||Stephen Thompson||Ayanna Parker||N/A||Shawn Hunsdale||Laden Mohammadi||SUMM 2003|
|FALL 2003||Shawn Hunsdale||Stephen Thompson||Gao (2nd time)||Zhang (2nd time)||Sabine Boersch||Mark Little||*Greg Lam||FALL 2003|
|SPRI 2004||Nicole Vanderwyst||Matthew Schum||SPRI 2004|
|SUMM 2004||Mark Little||*Amanda McCuaig||Nicole Vanderwyst||Sarah Caufield||Dock Currie||Sabine Boersch||N/A||James Lee||*Warren Haas||SUMM 2004|
|FALL 2004||Steven A. Reddy||FALL 2004|
|SPRI 2005||Dan Pinese||Michael Hingston||David W. McLeish||Peter Worden||Little (2nd time)||SPRI 2005|
|SUMM 2005||Michael Hingston||*Daniel Neufeld||Mayana Slobodian||Agnes Gulbinowicz||Debby Reis||N/A||Dock Currie||*Justin Mah||SUMM 2005|
|FALL 2005||Jennifer Hardwick||FALL 2005|
|SPRI 2006||Agnes Gulbinowicz||Amanda McCuaig||Kevin Lalonde||Currie (2nd time)||Warren Haas||SPRI 2006|
|SUMM 2006||Derrick Harder||McCuaig (2nd time)||*Ricardo Bortolon||Justin Mah||Jennifer Hardwick||N/A||Curtis Lassam||Monica Rudd||SUMM 2006|
Hingston (2nd time)
|Earl Von Tapia||Gregg Whitlock||Kellen Powell||Anna Kresina||FALL 2006|
|SPRI 2007||Alex Taylor||Stephanie Orford||Warren Haas||SPRI 2007|
|SUMM 2007||Iain W. Reeve||N/A||Andy Fang||SUMM 2007|
|FALL 2007||Stephanie Orford||Amy Gibson||Shara Lee||Michael Hingston||Paul Hiebert||Chad Klassen||FALL 2007|
|SPRI 2008||Maia Britt Odegaard||SPRI 2008|
|SUMM 2008||Bryn Hewko||Deanne Beattie||J.J. McCullough||Maia Britt Odegaard||N/A||Stacey McLachlan||SUMM 2008|
|FALL 2008||Maia Britt Odegaard||Sam Norris||Shara Lee||Klassen (2nd time)||FALL 2008|
|SPRI 2009||Graham Templeton||Stacey McLachlan||John Morrison III||SPRI 2009|
|SUMM 2009||Kendra Wong||Adam Cristobal||N/A||SUMM 2009|
|FALL 2009||Matt Lee||Fraser Nelson||FALL 2009|
|SPRI 2010||SPRI 2010|
|SUMM 2010||Kendra Wong||David Proctor||Fang (2nd time)||SUMM 2010|
|FALL 2010||Erica Zell||Clinton Hallahan||FALL 2010|
|SPRI 2011||Kelly Thoreson||Colin Sharp||SPRI 2011|
|SUMM 2011||Adam Cristobal||Bai Yin||SUMM 2011|
|FALL 2011||David Dyck||Adam Ovenell-Carter||Mark Burnham||FALL 2011|
|SPRI 2012||Esther Tung||Clinton Hallahan||Gary Lim||SPRI 2012|
|SUMM 2012||William Ross||Colin Sharp||Benedict Reiners||Ljudmila Petrovic||N/A||SUMM 2012|
|FALL 2012||April Alayon||Graham Cook||Daryn Wright||Rachel Braeuer||Bryan Scott||FALL 2012|
|SPRI 2013||Allison Roach||SPRI 2013|
|SUMM 2013||Estefania Duran||Tara Nykyforiak||Rachel Braeuer||N/A||Brad McLeod||Vaikunthe Banerjee||SUMM 2013|
|FALL 2013-||Max Hill||O-Carter (2nd time)||Burnham (2nd time)||FALL 2013 -|
*Justin Joy Thomas served as news editor for part of the spring 1995 semester prior to Thomas Brasserur and then Kris Karlsson.
* Keith Ton served as photo editor for part of the spring 1995 semester prior to Mike Dutton's second term
* Yu Wei Gao served as production editor for part of the 2004 summer semester, prior to Amanda McQuaig.
* Dan Pinese served as news editor for part of the 2005 summer semester, prior to Daniel Neufeld.
* Kevin Tilley served as news editor for part of the 2006 summer semester, prior to Ricardo Bortolon.
* Josh Devins served as photo editor (for the second time) for part of the 2003 fall semester, prior to Greg Lam.
* Knesha Yu served as photo editor for part of the 2004 summer semester, prior to Warren Haas.
* Aki Mimoto served as photo editor for part of the 2005 summer semester, prior to Justin Mah.
* Joel Mackenzie assumed the position of opinions editor from Tara Nykyforiak in the last part of the fall 2013 semester.
For contact information, please see my Peak alumni tracker.
For one semester (Summer, 1995) Tom Lakovic was copy editor and production editor at the same time.
At the end of the Spring 2004 summer semester, every single editor either changed positions or left The Peak.
David Proctor is the only former editor who went on to serve in one of The Peak's two managerial positions.
The record for longest continuously-serving editor at The Peak is a tie between Bryn Hewko (Production, Summer 2008 - Summer 2011) and Graham Templeton (Opinions, Spring 2009 - Spring 2012) who both served nine continuous semesters.
The longest serving individual at The Peak, accounting for multiple positions held at different times, is Mason Wright, who served 12 nonconsecutive semesters in various positions between 1996 and 2001. Second place is Andy Fang, who served 10 total semesters during his two terms as Photo Editor (2007-2011).
Glen Callender is probably the longest-serving Peak person of the modern era, however. He worked at The Peak, in some form or another, for over seven years, from 1993 to 2000, mostly in positions that are not recorded on this chart.