Student newspaper turns 40 this year

By Sierra Russell

The Aztec Press was founded 40 years ago and was originally entitled Graffiti Press.

Over the years, the name changed a few times yet one thing remained the same: the publication was a way for students to have their voice heard.

Especially during the volatile days of the 1970s, there was a lot to talk about.

The impending impeachment of Nixon, legalization of abortion, increasing awareness of the dangers of smoking, the apprehension of the “Son of Sam” and local prostitution rings were just a few of the topics covered by the school paper.

Another common theme throughout the ‘70s was the rehabilitation of released convicts and their adaptation back into society.

Several articles discussed the dangers of drug abuse and shared stories of people who were on their way to recovery.

Growing awareness of the risk of sexually transmitted diseases was evident in several articles.

A story from October 1977 stated that nudist colonies were good for your health and approved by the Maryland chapter of the American Heart Association.

In many of the early issues of the Press, articles were written in Spanish and there was a strong focus on the civil rights movements that were spreading wildly across the states.

In such fiery times, it should come as little surprise that two common advertisements were for tequila and cerveza.

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