Student paper gives a preview of the past

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It wasn’t a misprint when topics like World war II, protests over the Vietnam War and a “Beatles” album review made it into this week’s edition of UNM’s student newspaper as the university celebrated its 125th birthday.

Jyllian Roach, the Daily Lobo editor-in-chief, said students combed through archive books gathering stories they believed help shape the university.

“I really still just scratched the surface on what we have in this room,” Roach said.

In the room was an article published in 1936 that highlighted a big purchase for UNM. A new library that carried a price-tag of $370,000. Another article written in 1945 brought back memories of VJ Day. A day of celebration for UNM soldiers and sailors after Japan surrendered ending World War II.

But, it wasn’t always about peace on campus.

“It was the riots that happened here in 1970,” Roach said.

The article, published in 1970, highlighted a sit-in protest by students over the Vietnam War and the Kent State Massacre. The national guard was called in. Some students were hit with bayonets for not leaving.

Roach said there is still questions about who called the guard in. Some believe it was the University’s president.

“UNM is an incredible school it wouldn’t be what it is today if not for the good and bad that happened here,” Roach said.

But, what’s an edition without hot topics like the one from the 1920s.

“That is from 1924 and the whole idea is that it is gross and rude to pick at your teeth in public,” Roach said.

The author of an article from 1968 may be re-thinking what he wrote. In a review of the Beatles new album, appropriately called “The Beatles” he said the group doesn’t offer anything new. In the article the author wrote, “maybe in a way the beatles are saying that’s it, we have made our contribution.”

The oldest article in this week’s paper is from 1899. It’s an opinion piece on the positive impact the university is having on the City of Albuquerque.

Sports was also a big part of the edition. The paper included an article about the first basketball game played by the women’s team. There was also a piece on a lobo kicker making history after becoming the first woman to score in a game.

The most recent article featured was written just last year when the university retired football player Brian Urlacher’s jersey.

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